Originally published in 1984. This major text covers the whole discipline of geomorphology, presenting a clear and comprehensive overview of the field, drawing on the full range of modern research. Landforms and their formative processes are treated on a broad spectrum of spatial scales, and examples are drawn from the major geological, climatic and biotic environments. The book is divided conveniently into some 170 clearly defined sections to allow readers to make the most efficient use of those parts of the text relevant to their particular needs.
After introducing the basic concepts such as systems analysis, morphologic and cascading systems, the historical-evolutionary approach and process-response geomorphology, the book moves on to the geological background to geomorphology and then the extensive third part deals with the geomorphic processes and responding landforms. Part four examines climatic geomorphology and the appendix touches on applied geomorphology, especially fluvial processes.
Preface Part 1: Introduction 1. Approaches to Geomorphology 2. Morphologic Evolutionary Systems 3. Cascading Process Systems Part 2: Geological Geomorphology 4. Minerals, Rocks and Sediments 5. Diastrophism 6. Igneous Activity and Landforms 7. Structure and Landforms 8. Lithology and Landforms Part 3: Geomorphic Processes and Landforms 9. Weathering 10. Mass Movement 11. Hillslopes 12. Rivers 13. Drainage Basins 14. Fluvial Depositional Landforms 15. Coastal Geomorphology 16. Aeolian Processes and Landforms 17. The Glacier Sedimentary System Part 4: Climatic Geomorphology 18. Morphogenetic Landforms 19. Geomorphological Effects of Former Glacier Expansion 20. Climatic Change and Polygenetic Landforms. Appendix: Applied Geomorphology. Plates. Endpiece: The Geological Time Scale
Richard J. Chorley was known as a leading figure in quantitative geography in the late 20th Century and played an instrumental role in bringing the use of systems theory to geography. This set of 7 reissued works either edited by or written by Chorley offers a great wealth of scholarship on geography and geomorphology.