This book, first published in 1989, the proceedings of the 19th Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium, is the first set of essays focused on the history of the subject. The articles analyse the founding precepts of geomorphology, the early pioneers, the formation of a defined discipline, and the present state of the topic.
1. On the Nature of Geo-History, with Reflections on the Historiography of Geomorphology Gordon L. Herries Davies 2. Les Méconnus: Eighteenth Century French Pioneers of Geomorphology François Ellenberger 3. Worlds Apart: Eighteenth Century Writings on Rivers, Lakes and the Terraqueous Globe Keith Tinkler 4. James Hutton’s Role in the History of Geomorphology Dennis R. Dean 5. The Turning of the Worm: Early Nineteenth Century Concepts of Soil in Britain – the Development of Ideas and Ideas of Development, 1834-1843 Brian T. Bunting 6. James Forbes on the Mer de Glace in 1842: Early Quantification in Geomorphology Frank F. Cunningham 7. ‘Extraordinary and terrifying Metamorphosis’: On the Seismic Causes of Slope Instability David Alexander 8. From Colonial science to Scientific Independence: Australian Reef Geomorphology in the Nineteenth Century D.R. Stoddart 9. European Science in High Asia: Geomorphology in the Karakoram Himalaya to 1939 Kenneth Hewitt 10. Eustasy to Plate Tectonics: Unifying Ideas on the Evolution of the Major Features of the Earth’s Surface R.P. Beckinsale and R.D. Beckinsale 11. Reconstructing the Chronology of Lake Bonneville: an Historical Review Dorothy Sack 12. Different Aspects of Polish Geomorphology: Palaeogeographic, Dynamic and Applied Leszek Starkel 13. A Tribute to John Hack by his Friends and Colleagues Compiled by Waite R. Osterkamp 14. A Perspective on Geomorphology in the Twentieth Century: Links to the Past and Future John D. Vitek 15. Afterword Mott T. Greene