Vignettes: Community E-resources for "Key Concepts in Geomorphology"

Vignettes are stand-alone, illustrated electronic essays that teach about geomorphology, surface processes, or Quaternary history. These vignettes can be used alone or in combination with the "Key Concepts in Geomorphology", the first in a new generation of textbooks. Vignettes allow faculty to customize the learning resources they offer students to enrich and personalize student learning experiences.

What are Vignettes?

Vignettes come in many different styles; however, all vignettes should be:
  • designed to appeal to and be understood by undergraduate students.
  • place-based, event-driven, or technique oriented.
  • limited to 1000 words of text.
  • accompanied by at least four photographs, diagrams, and/or maps, and equations.

Here are a few examples of Vignettes done in very different styles; before writing yours, you can review these for inspiration.

Clearcutting and Erosion in New England - the Photographic and Stratigraphic Record (opens in a new window)
Quantification of sediment storage and flux in an alpine basin (Reintal, Bavarian Alps, Germany) (opens in a new window)
Radiocarbon calibration (opens in a new window)

How to submit your Vignette

First, download this PDF which provides answers to frequently asked questions about Vignette preparation. Then, use your word processor to write your text and figure captions. Once you are satisfied with your work, then you are ready to upload using this form. NOTE WELL, this form and the file uploads must be completed in a single session. Leaving the page erases the data. You cannot submit a partially completed form and return to it later. (Note: The links on this page open in a new window when clicked so they will not cause your work to be lost.) After submitting your Vignette you will be able to make further edits/updates to the web page that results from your submission.

What happens next?

From the materials that you provide below, we will create a web page of the Vignette you submit. Please complete all fields. You should also upload image files (jpeg only) to accompany your example. We will edit all Vignettes for consistency and peer-review them for accuracy; after peer-review, you'll be asked to make revisions.

All the legal stuff

You retain all rights to your contributed work. By contributing your work to this web site you are making it available under a license for non-commercial distribution of the material, provided that we attribute the material to you. View our terms of use (opens in a new window) for more details about this kind of Creative Commons license (opens in a new window). You are responsible for referencing other people's work and for securing permission to use any copyrighted material within your contribution.

Please characterize the nature of your vignette. Check all that apply.

Your vignette must be accompanied by at least four photographs, diagrams, maps, and/or equations. Please sample your images/graphics down to a reasonable file size while retaining adequate resolution.

Images must be provided in JPEG, PNG, or GIF format.

Please be sure to assign titles to your files that clearly identify their contents and purposes, as well as descriptions that can be used as photo captions.

Please note that your files will not be uploaded until you submit this form. If you need to upload a file that is not an image you may do so after submitting this form when you'll be able to directly edit the resultant page and add/modify material as needed.

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