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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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Marine Geomorphology: Geomorphic Processes, Hazards, and Paradoxes in Monterey Canyon
Douglas Smith
Introduction While traditional geomorphic studies focus on the geologic processes and products that shape our terrestrial topography, there are equally exciting opportunities to explore the other 71% of the planet ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Mass Movement, Coastal-zone, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes, Geomorphology as applied to other disciplines, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Dating and Rates, GIS/Mapping/Field Techniques
Vignette Type: Process, Computation

The Occurrence of Small-Scale Debris Fans in Sandstone Landscapes of the Central Appalachians
Steve Taylor
Alluvial fans occur in diverse landscapes, and represent critical sites of sediment routing in mountainous watersheds. These radiating, wedge-shaped deposits of sediment are commonly associated with high-energy ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Fluvial, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:GIS/Mapping/Field Techniques, Landforms/Processes
Vignette Type: Process, Computation

Predicting the effect of changing climate on landscapes with computer based landscape evolution models
arnaud temme
Predicting the effect of changing climate on landscapes with computer based landscape evolution models. Future climate change will influence the processes that shape our landscapes. Knowing this influence is ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Modeling/Physical Experiments, Climate/Paleoclimate, Landscape Evolution
Vignette Type: Computation

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

Influence of rock falls, rock strength, and joint orientation on landscape in the Teton Range
Lisa Tranel, Illinois State University
Landslides, rock falls and other processes of mass wasting can significantly influence the shape of mountain landscapes. In addition to contributing to topographic evolution, rock falls can also pose hazards to ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Hillslopes, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes

Mapping erosion with glacial and fluvial sediment cooling ages in Garnet Canyon
Lisa Tranel, Illinois State University
Mountains are shaped by ice and water moving over rock surfaces and transporting sands, gravel, cobbles, and boulders away from their original source. Glaciers and streams erode rock most efficiently at different ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes, Landscape Evolution
Vignette Type: Stratigraphy, Process

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

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



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