12. Distinctiveness and Diversity of Arid Zone River Systems

  1. David S. G. Thomas
  1. Stephen Tooth1 and
  2. Gerald C. Nanson2

Published Online: 13 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470710777.ch12

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

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

How to Cite

Tooth, S. and Nanson, G. C. (2011) Distinctiveness and Diversity of Arid Zone River Systems, in Arid Zone Geomorphology: Process, Form and Change in Drylands, Third Edition (ed D. S. G. Thomas), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470710777.ch12

Editor Information

  1. School of Geography and Environment, Oxford University Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QY, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth SY23 3DB, UK

  2. 2

    School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 25 FEB 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470519080

Online ISBN: 9780470710777

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Keywords:

  • arid zone river systems - distinctiveness and diversity;
  • typical ‘textbook’ characteristics - of dryland fluvial landscapes, valley and river characteristics;
  • dryland river diversity - assessing dryland river diversity;
  • higher energy dryland rivers - the Mediterranean region;
  • Mediterranean, southern African - and Australian dryland fluvial environments;
  • arid to semi-arid island of Crete - ephemeral and intermittent, high-gradient bedrock, boulderbed or cobble-bed rivers;
  • mixed bedrock-alluvial rivers - on South African highveld;
  • river systems, integrated product of environmental settings - climatic, tectonic, structural, lithological and vegetative factors;
  • channel–vegetation interactions;
  • climate, one factor influencing - dryland river characteristics, mediated or overridden influencing factors

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Distinctiveness of dryland rivers

  • Diversity of dryland rivers

  • Reassessing distinctiveness and diversity

  • Conclusions

  • References