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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Using geomorphology to determine tectonic slip at Wallace Creek
Sarah Robinson, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
The Carrizo Plain along the San Andreas fault in California is world-famous for its dramatic offset features. Sag ponds, linear ridges, beheaded channels and scarps define the landscape along the fault (Vedder and ...

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

Glacial Features of Franconia Notch, New Hampshire
R. Laurence Davis, University of New Haven
INTRODUCTION Franconia Notch, New Hampshire (Figure 1) is a classic northern Appalachian glaciated valley. It has geomorphic features from pre-glacial times, from the glaciation itself, from glacial meltwater, and ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Hillslopes, Mass Movement, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes, Landscape Evolution, Landforms/Processes:Fluvial, Glacial/Periglacial
Vignette Type: Chronology, Process

The Kern River, California: A Story of Uplift, Incision, and Flood Control
Natalie Bursztyn, The University of Montana-Missoula
Within Kern County, the present day Kern River is an example of two distinct river environments. In the Sierra Nevada, the Kern River is in a classic V-shaped canyon (Fig. 1) as it erodes towards base level. In ...

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

Application of remote sensing in geomorphology
MATTHEW BLACKETT
Remote sensing is the observation of surfaces or objects while not being in direct contact with them. By this definition, cameras are remote sensors, observing the environment around us but not requiring us to ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:GIS/Mapping/Field Techniques

The shaping of England's Peak District National Park
MATTHEW BLACKETT
The Peak District is a National Park in central England (Figure 1), characterized by a unique geology and geomorphology which are the product of processes extending back to the Late Tertiary period, approximately ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landscape Evolution
Vignette Type: Stratigraphy

Development of Palimpsest Landscapes
Jasper Knight
In Physical Geography, a palimpsest landscape is one where, in any given region, the different landforms that make up the landscape are not of the same age, with some surface landforms being very young because they ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landscape Evolution, Landforms/Processes, Modeling/Physical Experiments, Weathering/Soils, Geomorphology as applied to other disciplines, Landforms/Processes:Hillslopes, Glacial/Periglacial, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Dating and Rates, Landforms/Processes:Fluvial, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Climate/Paleoclimate
Vignette Type: Stratigraphy, Chronology, Process

The retreat chronology of the Laurentide Ice Sheet during the last 10,000 years and implications for deglacial sea-level rise
David Ullman, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Much of the world's population is located along the coasts. In a world of changing climate, the rate of sea level rise will determine the ability of these communities to adapt to sea level rise. Perhaps the ...

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

Using technology as an aid to the geomorphologist
Sarah Robinson, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
Geomorphology requires characterization of the earth's surface at sufficient high resolution in 3 dimensions to explicitly represent landforms. Measuring change requires repeat survey, thus adding the 4th ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landscape Evolution, Tectonic Geomorphology, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes, GIS/Mapping/Field Techniques
Vignette Type: Chronology, Computation

Karst Processes and Landforms on San Salvador Island, Bahamas
R. Laurence Davis, University of New Haven
INTRODUCTION San Salvador Island is located in the Central Bahamas, about 225 km ESE of Miami and is about 12 km north to south and about 5 km east to west (Figure 1). It is notable for being Columbus' first ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Karst
Vignette Type: Process

Sea Level Rise in the San Francisco Bay – Considering Morphology in Adapting Management
Adam Parris
The San Francisco Bay – A Community Investment The San Francisco Bay (Bay) is part of the largest estuary on the west coast of North America. It supports a densely populated and prosperous surrounding cultural ...

Subject: Geomorphology: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Coastal-zone, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landscape Evolution, Geomorphology as applied to other disciplines, GIS/Mapping/Field Techniques, Climate/Paleoclimate
Vignette Type: Chronology, Process, Stratigraphy


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