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Geomorphology Vignettes

These illustrated essays have been contributed by participants in the Teaching Geomorphology in the 21st Century workshop in 2008. The vignettes are drafts that are being written and revised by the participants and are not finished products.


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Arroyo Cutting in the Southwestern U.S.
Jonathan Harvey
Introduction In the semiarid southwestern United States, water is extremely important. However, most streams in the region are ephemeral, meaning that they are dry for much of the year and flow only during flash ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Dating and Rates, Landforms/Processes:Fluvial, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Arid Region Geomorphology, Climate/Paleoclimate
Vignette Type: Stratigraphy, Process, Chronology

Soils, relict landscapes and paleoclimate in the Atacama Desert, Chile
Jason Rech, Miami University-Oxford
The exceptionally dry Atacama Desert, adjacent to the Central Andes in northern Chile, contains many relict landscapes (landscapes formed in the past, but preserved on the present surface; Figure 1). One remarkable ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Weathering/Soils, Arid Region Geomorphology, Climate/Paleoclimate
Vignette Type: Stratigraphy, Chronology

Stream response to Climate Change, Atacama Desert, Chile
Jason Rech, Miami University-Oxford
Climate on earth is constantly changing. Earth's climate can change gradually over millions of years (tectonic-scale) due to changes in greenhouse gases or the slow movement of tectonic plates, or climate can ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Dating and Rates, Landforms/Processes, Landforms/Processes:Fluvial, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Arid Region Geomorphology, Climate/Paleoclimate
Vignette Type: Stratigraphy, Chronology, Process

Constraining the timing of soil formation in linear dunes: A case study from the Strzelecki and Tirari Deserts, central Australia
Kathryn Fitzsimmons
Desert dune formation can be episodic. The intensity of aeolian activity varies in response to environmental conditions, including concentrated reworking events and periods of prolonged partial activity. Buried ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Dating and Rates, Arid Region Geomorphology, Climate/Paleoclimate
Vignette Type: Chronology, Stratigraphy

The influence of volcanism on Andean Rivers
Scott Hynek
The Andean Cordillera spans more than 60° of latitude along the western margin of the South American continent. The climate, tectonics, and morphology of the range are known to vary considerably and predictably ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Dating and Rates, Landforms/Processes:Volcanoes, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landscape Evolution, Arid Region Geomorphology, Landforms/Processes:Fluvial
Vignette Type: Stratigraphy, Chronology

Surficial carbonate and land surfaces of the Pamir Plateau, Tajikistan
Scott Hynek
The Pamir plateau is a prominent physiographic feature in Central Asia (Figure 1). The geomorphology of the plateau interior is a result of its geologic setting and its climate. The Pamir plateau is surrounded by ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Fluvial, Glacial/Periglacial, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Weathering/Soils, Climate/Paleoclimate, Dating and Rates, Arid Region Geomorphology
Vignette Type: Process, Chronology

Climate change in the dead heart of Australia
Joshua Larsen
Despite the absence of large-scale glaciation, the Australian continent has experienced substantial environmental change throughout the Quaternary period. This is especially pronounced in central Australia, where ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes, Landforms/Processes:Fluvial, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landscape Evolution, Climate/Paleoclimate, Dating and Rates, Arid Region Geomorphology
Vignette Type: Stratigraphy, Chronology

Geomorphic Setting & Archaeology of the Cunene River, Namibia
Kathleen Nicoll, University of Utah
Introduction This vignette presents a virtual tour of the Cunene River, and a prehistoric archaeological site located on a fluvial terrace in northern Namibia. Today the Cunene River is an important transnational ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes, Landforms/Processes:Fluvial, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landscape Evolution, Geomorphology as applied to other disciplines, Arid Region Geomorphology, GIS/Mapping/Field Techniques
Vignette Type: Process, Chronology, Stratigraphy

Luminescence dating used to reconstruct fault slip rates in the Mojave Desert, California
Belinda Roder
The Mojave Desert, California, is crossed by a number of major active fault systems that have played an important role in this region's landscape development and represent a significant seismic hazard to ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Dating and Rates, Arid Region Geomorphology
Vignette Type: Chronology

Floodplain chronology of the Stillerust Vlei, Mooi River floodplain wetland, in western KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Amanda Keen-Zebert
Wetlands have become a focus of conservation efforts worldwide following the international Ramsar Convention (The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance) established in 1971. Wetlands are areas where ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes, Landforms/Processes:Fluvial, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Dating and Rates, Arid Region Geomorphology
Vignette Type: Process, Stratigraphy, Chronology

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