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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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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

Soil-water-rock interactions I: The pediment problem
Mark Strudley
You may have not initially appreciated that piedmonts (landscapes between steep mountain masses and depositional basins) are not all covered by alluvial fans. In fact, piedmonts, along with adjoining low-relief ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landscape Evolution, Modeling/Physical Experiments, Weathering/Soils, Landforms/Processes:Fluvial, Hillslopes, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes, Arid Region Geomorphology
Vignette Type: Process, Computation

Soil-water-rock interactions II: The formation of tors in arid and semiarid environments
Mark Strudley
The prominence of bedrock edifices above essentially featureless, erosional pediment surfaces underscores the crux of the 'pediment problem' that has baffled geologists since 1877(described in the Part I ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landscape Evolution, Modeling/Physical Experiments, Weathering/Soils, Landforms/Processes:Fluvial, Hillslopes, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes, Arid Region Geomorphology
Vignette Type: Process, Computation

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

Soil versus rock-dominated landscapes
Arjun Heimsath
Introduction When you look at a hilly, gently sloped landscape do you ever wonder why it's covered with soil? Similarly, when you're on your favorite hike through a steep, mountainous landscape do you ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Tectonic Geomorphology, Landforms/Processes:Hillslopes, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geomorphology:Weathering/Soils
Vignette Type: Process

The humped soil production function
Arjun Heimsath
Introduction When you walk across your favorite hill do you ever think about what you're walking on? Ever wonder what's beneath your feet and why it's there? If you've wondered about the soil ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Weathering/Soils, Dating and Rates, Landscape Evolution
Vignette Type: Process

Debris flow behavior: Impacts of compositional variability and channel geometry at Mt. Ruapehu, New Zealand
Brian Kastl
Debris flows are violent geomorphological hazards that threaten lives and infrastructure near mountains around the globe. Areas surrounding volcanoes are particularly susceptible to these torrents of boulders, ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Mass Movement, Volcanoes, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Weathering/Soils, Landforms/Processes:Fluvial, Hillslopes, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes, GIS/Mapping/Field Techniques
Vignette Type: Process

What Do Landslides Have to Do with Carbon Budgets?
Mary Ann Madej
The development of carbon markets as one tool to reduce greenhouse gases and their role in global climate change has raised the interest of society in carbon sequestration and release. Much current research is now ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Weathering/Soils, Geomorphology as applied to other disciplines, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Mass Wasting, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Mass Movement, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes
Vignette Type: Process

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

When a tree falls in the forest, does it make a soil?
Emmanuel Gabet
When a Tree Falls Over A tree, like most plants, sends roots down into soil and bedrock to absorb water and nutrients. The roots also anchor the tree to the ground and prevents it from tipping over. Strong wind ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Modeling/Physical Experiments, Landforms/Processes:Hillslopes, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Weathering/Soils, Landforms/Processes
Vignette Type: Process

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