6. Weathering Systems

  1. David S. G. Thomas
  1. Heather A. Viles

Published Online: 13 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470710777.ch6

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

Viles, H. A. (2011) Weathering 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.ch6

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:

  • surface processes and characteristics - weathering systems, a neglected part of geomorphic systems;
  • Earth surface processes, and weathering - slow and hard to discern, and landscape development;
  • weathering systems, in arid environments - with no visual appeal;
  • conceptual diagram, major elements - arid versus humid weathering systems;
  • arid environments, influencing weathering systems - extreme environmental conditions, nonequilibrium conditions and diversity of environmental conditions;
  • factors controlling arid weathering systems - at different scales;
  • nonlinear dynamical systems (NLDSs), or nonequilibrium perspectives - better framework, enabling understanding of weathering processes;
  • linking processes - forming in arid weathering systems;
  • weathering processes - operating in arid environments;
  • understanding cavernous weathering - in Atacama Desert, Chile

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • What makes arid environments unusual in terms of weathering systems?

  • Theoretical underpinnings of weathering systems research

  • Current weathering study methods

  • Linking processes to form in arid weathering systems

  • Explaining the development of weathering landforms in arid environments

  • Weathering rates in arid environments

  • Arid weathering and landscape evolution

  • Scale and arid weathering systems

  • Acknowledgement

  • References