Arid Zone Geomorphology: Process, Form and Change in Drylands, Third Edition

Arid Zone Geomorphology: Process, Form and Change in Drylands, Third Edition

Editor(s): David S. G. Thomas

Published Online: 13 MAR 2011 09:20PM EST

Print ISBN: 9780470519080

Online ISBN: 9780470710777

DOI: 10.1002/9780470710777

About this Book

The new edition of Arid Zone Geomorphology aims to encapsulate the advances that have been made in recent years in the investigation and explanation of landforms and geomorphological processes in drylands. Building on the success of the previous two editions, the Third Edition has been completely revised and updated to reflect the latest developments in the field. Whilst this latest edition will remain a comprehensive reference to the subject, the book has been restructured to include regional case studies throughout to enhance student understanding and is clearly defined into five distinct sections; Firstly, the book introduces the reader to Large Scale Controls and Variability in Drylands and then moves on to consider Surface Processes and Characteristics; The Work of Water, The Work of the Wind. The book concludes with a section on Living with Dryland Geomorphology that includes a chapter on geomorphological hazards and the human impact on these environments.

Once again, recognised world experts in the field have been invited to contribute chapters in order to present a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of current knowledge about the processes shaping the landscape of deserts and arid regions. In order to broaden the appeal of the Third Edition, the book has been reduced in extent by 100 pages and the Regional chapters have been omitted in favour of the inclusion of key regional case studies throughout the book. The Editor is also considering the inclusion of a supplementary website that could include further images, problems and case studies.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Large-Scale Controls and Variability in Drylands

  2. Part II: Surface Processes and Characteristics

  3. Part III: The Work of Water

  4. Part IV: The Work of the Wind

    1. Chapter 20

      Desert Dust (pages 517–537)

      Richard Washington and Giles S. F. Wiggs

  5. Part V: Living with Dryland Geomorphology

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