The Earth's Land Surface
Landforms and Processes in Geomorphology
- Kenneth J Gregory - University of Southampton, UK
Environmental Studies/Physical Geography (General) | Geology/Earth Sciences | Geomorphology
- Lynda York, The Geographical Journal
"I would highly recommend this to anyone doing geology or geography at university as a 'go to' book for geomorphology and landform."
- Sara Falcone, Teaching Earth Science
"An excellent source of information for anyone who needs a well-informed, easy to use reference volume to introduce them to the fascinating complexities of the earth’s land surface, past, present and future."
- Angela Gurnell, Queen Mary, University of London
This introductory text details the land surface of the earth in a readable style covering the major issues, key themes and sensitivities of the environments/landscape.
Emphasising the major ideas and their development, each chapter includes case studies and details of influential scientists (not necessarily geomorphologists) who have contributed to the progress of understanding. Providing a very clear explanation of the understanding achieved and of the debates that have arisen, the book is comprised of 12 chapters in four sections:
- Visualising the land surface explains and explores the composition of the land surface and outlines how it has been studied.
- Dynamics of the land surface considers the dynamics affecting the earth's land surface including its influences, processes and the changes that have occurred.
- Environments of the land surface looks to understand the land surface in major world regions highlighting differences between the areas.
- Management of the land surface is an examination of the current and future prospects of the management of the earth's land surface.
With pedagogical features including further reading, questions for discussion and a glossary, this original, lively text is authored by one of the leading experts in the field and will be core reading for first and second year undergraduates on all physical geography courses.
I think this book is very suitable for undergraduate level and I will recommend it to my colleagues.
This book is very well to whom interested in reconstruction the paleoclimatic condition.
Finally a compact and straightforward geomorphology book, which undergraduates may use without feeling daunted by the sheer book size of this discipline. The students took in well this book and felt it was the right bridge between their basic knowledge of geomorphology within the geography discipline and the next step in specialising further in geomorphology as a field.
I recommend this book to be read "after" the course, due to its broad and holistic vision of the earth's lanscapes. Our course is mainly oriented to processes and landforms which are not fully covered in Gregory's book. Anyway, the numerous tables included in each chapter are very useful.
The chapter on "Urban Landscapes" is highly recommended as it is not usual to find such separate chapter on a textbook.
There still isn't a book that really covers exactly what I do in this module, but this new book by Gregory adds some nice new angles on the traditional material, giving students a refreshing, different flavour in their reading. I am recommending it as supplementary reading this year, with a view to judging student feedback at the end of the year and deciding whether to promote it more strongly in future years.
This is a nice overview over the main aspects of geomorphology. It very clearly written and very well suited for students in the first years. Moreover the price is very not very high, so I would recommend it in a class for supplementary reading, besides German-language textbooks.
Clearly structured with useful diagrams
This book provides a good, accessible overview of many of the Earth's key environments (natural and urban) and considers ways of explaining their development and management issues associated with them. Because of the breadth of material covered this book would be a useful text for students undertaking a range of physical geography courses at all undergraduate levels.
I confirm the reciept of the Inspection copy and having gone through the topics discussed found the book quite worthy of adoption for courses in my department. The author touched the main issues in geomorphology and landscape development.
The book is clearly written and can easilybe understood by the student.