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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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Beneath the surface of coastal lowlands: archives of mid- to late-Holocene subduction zone earthquakes
Harvey Kelsey
Introduction Coastal lowland marshes (Figure 1) are more than just muddy shorelines where your feet get stuck as you try to walk around. Geologically, coastal marshes are low-energy settings where fine-grained ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Coastal-zone, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Weathering/Soils, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes, Tectonic Geomorphology
Vignette Type: Stratigraphy, Process, Chronology

Marine terraces in mid-latitude settings: the case of the Oregon USA coast
Harvey Kelsey
Marine terraces are terraced landforms that occur as elevated flats inboard of, and parallel to, coastlines. Outstanding examples of a stair-step landscape of marine terraces can be found in many places in the ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes, Tectonic Geomorphology, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geomorphology:Dating and Rates, Landforms/Processes:Coastal-zone, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Climate/Paleoclimate
Vignette Type: Process, Chronology

Reconstructing the geomorphic history of a cave: a case study from Liang Bua, Indonesia
Kira Westaway
Liang Bua, a large cave situated 16 km from Ruteng in western Flores, Indonesia (Figure 1), was formed as a subterranean chamber over 600 ka. From this time to the present, a series of geomorphic events influenced ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Karst, Fluvial, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landscape Evolution, Tectonic Geomorphology, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geomorphology:GIS/Mapping/Field Techniques, Landforms/Processes:Hillslopes, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Climate/Paleoclimate, Dating and Rates
Vignette Type: Stratigraphy, Process, Chronology

Establishing cave exposure using evidence from river deposits: a case study from Liang Bua, Indonesia
Kira Westaway
Liang Bua, in western Flores, Indonesia (Figure 1) is a large limestone chamber with a wide entrance and a cathedral-like atmosphere. It's name, meaning 'cool cave' explains its attraction as an ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Fluvial, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes, Landscape Evolution, Tectonic Geomorphology, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geomorphology:GIS/Mapping/Field Techniques, Landforms/Processes:Karst, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Dating and Rates
Vignette Type: Stratigraphy, Process, Chronology

Landscape response in the California Coast Ranges to the stormy conditions of the Pleistocene to Holocene climatic transition
Antonio Garcia
Introduction: temporal scales, spatial scales, climate, and tectonics A long-standing problem in geomorphology is identifying the relative roles of climate and tectonism on landscape evolution. Here we examine the ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Fluvial, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes, Landscape Evolution, Tectonic Geomorphology, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geomorphology:Dating and Rates, Landforms/Processes:Hillslopes, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Climate/Paleoclimate
Vignette Type: Stratigraphy, Process, Chronology

Rivers crossing growing folds
Douglas Burbank
The interactions of fluvial systems with active deforming landscapes has provided fertile ground for exploration of the adjustments that rivers make when they are perturbed by deformation. Two ingredients are ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Fluvial, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Tectonic Geomorphology, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes, Landscape Evolution, Dating and Rates
Vignette Type: Process, Chronology

Denudation rate chronologies and the topographic development of the San Bernardino Mountains, California
William Phillips
How does the topography of mountains develop? What roles do crustal processes such as faulting and surface processes such as erosion play? These questions have long been a focus of geomorphic research. In the past ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Mass Movement, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Tectonic Geomorphology, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Hillslopes, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landscape Evolution, Dating and Rates
Vignette Type: Process, Chronology

Uplift rates and vertical fault displacements derived from marine terraces, Crete, Greece
Sean Gallen, North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Introduction: Long-lived and continuing uplift and pervasive extensional faulting are a testament to the active tectonics of the island of Crete, located in the eastern Mediterranean (Figure 1). Large earthquakes ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Tectonic Geomorphology, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geomorphology:Dating and Rates, Landforms/Processes
Vignette Type: Stratigraphy, Chronology, Process

The influence of weathering and soils on the geomorphic expression of tectonic landforms: an exception to a rule of tectonic geomorphology
Martha Eppes
Background Blind Thrust Faults and Seismic Hazard In southern California, one of the most tectonically active regions of the United States, it is critical to understand the potential earthquake hazard that ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Tectonic Geomorphology, Weathering/Soils, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geomorphology:Dating and Rates, Landscape Evolution, Arid Region Geomorphology
Vignette Type: Process, Chronology

Late Quaternary Tectonics and Basin Inversion: a case from the Lower Narmada valley, India
Laxman Chamyal
The Indian Plate is currently moving northeast at 5 cm/yr (2 in/yr), while the Eurasian Plate is moving northeast at only 2 cm/yr (0.8 in/yr). This is causing the Eurasian Plate to deform, and the Indian Plate to ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes, Landforms/Processes:Fluvial, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Tectonic Geomorphology, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geomorphology:Arid Region Geomorphology, Landscape Evolution
Vignette Type: Stratigraphy, Process, Chronology

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