Landscape Evolution in the United States An Introduction to the Geography, Geology, and Natural History

ISBN-10: 0123977991
ISBN-13: 9780123977991
Edition: 2013
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Description: Landscape evolution refers to the changing terrain of any given area of the Earth's crust over time. Common causes of evolution (or geomorphology-land morphing into a different size or shape over time) are glacial erosion and deposition, volcanism,  More...

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List price: $119.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
Publication date: 2/8/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 480
Size: 9.00" wide x 10.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.498
Language: English

Landscape evolution refers to the changing terrain of any given area of the Earth's crust over time. Common causes of evolution (or geomorphology-land morphing into a different size or shape over time) are glacial erosion and deposition, volcanism, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, sediment transport into rivers, landslides, climate change, and other surface processes. Landscape Evolution in the United States makes understanding these processes accessible by balancing interdisciplinary theory and application within the physical geography, geology, geomorphology, and climatology of the United States. The vast diversity of terrain and landscapes across the United States makes this an ideal tool for geoscientists worldwide who are researching the country's geological evolution over the past several billion years. Presents the complexities of physical geography, geology, geomorphology, and climatology of the United States through an interdisciplinary, highly accessible approachOffers more than 250 full-color figures, maps and photographs that capture the systematic interaction of land, rock, rivers, glaciers, global wind patterns and climateProvides a thorough assessment of the logic, rationale, and tools required to understand how to interpret landscape and the geological history of the EarthFeatures exercises that conclude each chapter, aiding in the retention of key concepts

Keys to Understanding Landscape Evolution
The Tortoise and the Hare
Component: The Rock/Sediment Type
Component: The Structural Form
Mechanisms That Impart Change to Landscape
Forcing Variable: The Tectonic System
Forcing Variable: The Climatic System
Forcing Variables: Sea Level and Isostasy
Interaction of Tectonics, Climate, and Time
Structural Provinces
Unconsolidated Sediment
Nearly Flat-Lying Sedimentary Layers
Crystalline-Cored Mid-Continent Anticlines and Domes
Foreland Fold and Thrust Belts
Crystalline Deformation Belts
Young Volcanic Rocks of the Cordillera
Normal Fault-Dominated Landscapes
Cascadia Volcanic Arc System
California Transpressional System
The Story of the Grand Canyon
Mountain Building
Early Theories on the Origin of Mountain Belts
Keys to the Interpretation of Geological History
Tectonic Style, Rock Successions, and Tectonic Provinces
Formation, Collapse, and Erosional Decay of Mountain Systems
The Appalachian Orogenic Belt: An Example of Compressional Mountain Building
The Cordilleran Orogenic Belt

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