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4th Edition

Fundamentals of Geomorphology

ISBN 9781138940659
Published December 7, 2016 by Routledge
578 Pages 399 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

The new fourth edition of Fundamentals of Geomorphology continues to provide a comprehensive introduction to the subject by discussing the latest developments in the field, as well as covering the basics of Earth surface forms and processes.

The revised edition has an improved logically cohesive structure, added recent material on Quaternary environments and landscapes, landscape evolution and tectonics, as well as updated information in fast-changing areas such as the application of dating techniques, digital terrain modelling, historical contingency, preglacial landforms, neocatastrophism, and biogeomorphology. The book begins with a consideration of the nature of geomorphology, process and form, history, and geomorphic systems, and moves on to discuss:

  • Endogenic processes: structural landforms associated with plate tectonics and those associated with volcanoes, impact craters, and folds, faults, and joints.
  • Exogenic processes: landforms resulting from, or influenced by, the exogenic agencies of weathering, running water, flowing ice and meltwater, ground ice and frost, the wind, and the sea; landforms developed on limestone; and long-term geomorphology, a discussion of ancient landforms, including palaeosurfaces, stagnant landscape features, and evolutionary aspects of landscape change.

Featuring over 400 illustrations, diagrams, and tables, Fundamentals of Geomorphology provides a stimulating and innovative perspective on the key topics and debates within the field of geomorphology. Written in an accessible and lively manner, and providing guides to further reading, chapter summaries, and an extensive glossary of key terms, this is an indispensable undergraduate level textbook for students of physical geography.

Table of Contents

List of figures

List of plates

List of tables

List of boxes

Series editor’s preface

Author’s preface to fourth edition

Author’s preface to third edition

Author’s preface to second edition

Author’s preface to first edition



Part I

Introducing landforms and landscapes

1 What is geomorphology?

2 Introducing process and form

3 Introducing history

4 Geomorphology and the Earth system

Part II

Endogenic processes

5 Plate tectonics and associated structural landforms

6 Volcanoes, impact craters, folds, and faults

Part III

Exogenic processes

7 Weathering and associated landforms

8 Hillslopes

9 Fluvial landscapes

10 Glacial and glaciofluvial landscapes

11 Periglacial landscapes

12 Aeolian landscapes

13 Coastal landscapes

14 Karst landscapes

15 Long-term geomorphology


Appendix: The geological timescale




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 Richard John Huggett is a retired Reader in Physical Geography at the University of Manchester, UK.


"In this fourth edition, Richard J. Huggett updates what has become the best available text for introductory undergraduate courses in Geomorphology. It is a modern, comprehensive, wide-ranging, and well-illustrated treatment, which is particularly strong on explaining important concepts."

Andrew Goudie, Emeritus Professor of Geography, University of Oxford, UK

"The fourth edition of this popular textbook is a good place to start one's reading, because it assumes little prior knowledge about geomorphology and is clearly and concisely written. The style of the book is engaging and the author successfully conveys a freshness and enthusiasm for the subject, combining well-known topics with new ones, from etchplains to LiDAR, and plate tectonics to human impacts on the landscape."

Julian Murton, Professor of Permafrost Science, Department of Geography, University of Sussex, UK