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By Phil Owens, Olav Slaymaker


320 pages

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Mountains represent one of the most inspiring and attractive natural features on the surface of the earth. Visually, they dominate the landscape. However, the increasing realization of the fragility of mountain areas because of changes in land use, management and climate, combined with an understanding of their importance for water and other natural resources, has resulted in a growing interest in mountain environments in recent years. Hence, Mountain Geomorphology represents a timely and unique contribution to the literature.

Written by a team of international experts, this book is divided into three sections, which consider historical, functional and applied mountain geomorphology from both global and local perspectives. Historical mountain geomorphology focuses on the evolution of landforms. Functional mountain geomorphology emphasises the interaction between processes and landforms, while applied mountain geomorphology concerns the interrelationships between geomorphological processes and society.

Mountain Geomorphology is a valuable source of information for students studying mountain geomorphology, and also for academics and research scientists interested in mountain environments.


This book is a valuable source of information for students studying mountain geomorphology, and also for academics and research scientists interested in mountain environments.

- January issue
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"Given the modest price it definitely represents a useful student text for any course dealing with mountain hazards/mountain environments and is a useful library addition."

The Geographical Journal

Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction
Chapter 1 An introduction to mountain geomorphology
Philip N. Owens and Olav Slaymaker
Part 2 Historical Mountain Geomorphology
Chapter 2 Cenozoic evolution of global mountain systems
Lewis A. Owen
Chapter 3 The evolution of mountains on passive continental margins
Cliff Ollier
Chapter 4 The evolution of the mountains of New Zealand
Paul W. Williams
Part 3 Functional Mountain Geomorphology
Chapter 5 Processes, rates and patterns of mountain belt erosion
Niels Hovius, Dimitri Lague and Simon Dadson
Chapter 6 Mechanical and chemical denudation in mountain systems
Nel Caine
Chapter 7 Hillslope hydrology and mass movements in the Japanese Alps
Yuichi Onda
Chapter 8 Glacial lake outburst floods in mountain environments
Helgi Björnsson
Part 4 Applied Mountain Geomorphology
Chapter 9 Geomorphic hazards in mountain environments
Kenneth Hewitt
Chapter 10 Mountain hazards in China
Li Tianchi
Chapter 11 Geomorphic processes and hazards on volcanic mountains
Jean-Claude Thouret
Part 5 Mountain Geomorphology and Global Environmental Change
Chapter 12 Mountain geomorphology and global environmental change
Olav Slaymaker and Philip N. Owens

About the Authors

Philip N. Owens is a Senior Research Fellow with the National Soil Resources Institute, Cranfield University, North Wyke Research Station, Devon, UK
Olav Slaymaker is Professor of Geography in the Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography