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In the first chapter of this book, editor William L. Graf states that the volume's most important purpose is to provide the scientific community with a review of selected research problems from each of the major geomorphic provinces of North America and to delineate recent efforts to solve them. What makes this book exciting and different is its emphasis on geomorphic process and analysis of landforms.

After an introductory chapter, the book appropriately begins with a chapter concerning the Appalachian Mountains and plateaus where many basic ideas concerning North American geomorphology were developed. Of particular importance here are models of landform evolution, quantitative relations between landforms, rock type, and structure, and consideration of fluvial systems.