Originally published in this form in 1971, the content of this book was originally part of a larger composite volume ‘Water, Earth and Man’ (1969) which provided a synthesis of hydrology, geomorphology and socio-economic geography. This volume brings together the systematic theme of geomorphology while maintaining a link with the original book which emphasised the benefit of the study of water being considered in the widest sense within the physical and social environments.
Preface. Introduction R. J. Chorley and R. W. Kates 1. World Erosion and Sedimentation D. R. Stoddart 2. The Drainage Basin as the Fundamental Geomorphic Unit R. J. Chorley 3. The Role of Water in Rock Disintegration R. J. Chorley 4. Soil Moisture M. A. Carson 5. Infiltration, Throughflow, and Overland Flow M. J. Kirkby 6. Erosion by Water on Hillslopes M. J. Kirkby 7. The Geomorphic Effects of Ground Water Paul W. Williams 8. Open Channel Flow D. B. Simons 9. Hydraulic Geometry G. H. Dury 10. The Geomorphology and Morphometry of Glacial and Nival Areas Ian S. Evans 11. Periglacial Morphometry Barbara A. Kennedy 12. Relation of Morphometry to Runoff Frequency G. H. Dury 13. Climatic Geomorphology D. R. Stoddart 14. Geomorphic Implications of Climatic Changes S. A. Schumm
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.