4. Dryland System Variability

  1. David S. G. Thomas
  1. David S. G. Thomas

Published Online: 13 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470710777.ch4

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

Thomas, D. S. G. (2011) Dryland System Variability, 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.ch4

Editor Information

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

Author Information

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

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:

  • dryland system variability;
  • arid conditions, and development - and lithologies or topographic settings;
  • geomonotony, unvarying - ‘flat’ drylands of the world - ‘geomonotony’ of flat and endless swathes of terrain;
  • within-dryland diversity - ‘Greater American Deserts’ and geomorphological interpretation;
  • alluvial fans, significant landscape features - of desert regions;
  • dryland diversity framework;
  • active tectonics, and basin-and-range terrain - impact on geomorphological processes in the Great Basin;
  • drylands, dominated by aeolian deposits;
  • geomonotony - unvarying ‘flat’ drylands of the world and why so;
  • landform diversity - in the Kalahari Desert

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • A framework for dryland diversity

  • Geomonotony: how unvarying are the ‘flat’ drylands of the world?

  • Within-dryland diversity

  • Summary issues

  • References