Landscapes and Geomorphology: A Very Short Introduction [#240]
Landscapes and Geomorphology: A Very Short Introduction [#240]


  • Presents a clear introduction to landscape and the methods and techniques used to study it
  • Considers our effects on the landscapes around us, in the past, present, and future
  • Examines the cultural importance of landscapes, their influence on the arts and the conservation of 'earth heritage'
  • Explores unseen landscapes - under the sea and on other planets

What were the landscapes of the past like? What will landscapes look like in the future? 
Landscapes are all around us, but most of us know very little about how they have developed, what goes on in them, and how they react to changing climates, tectonics and human activities. Examining what landscape is, and how we use a range of ideas and techniques to study it, Andrew Goudie and Heather Viles demonstrate how geomorphologists have built on classic methods pioneered by some great 19th century scientists to examine our Earth. 
Using examples from around the world, including New Zealand, the Tibetan Plateau, and the deserts of the Middle East, they examine some of the key controls on landscape today such as tectonics and climate, as well as humans and the living world. They also discuss some key 'landscape detectives' from the past, including Charles Darwin who did some important, but often overlooked, research on landscape. 
Concluding with the cultural importance of landscape, and exploring how this has led to the conservation of much 'earth heritage', they delve into the future and look at how we can predict the response of landscapes to climate change in the future.


1: The changing landscape
2: The present is the key to the past
3: Landscapes past and present
4: Landscapes, tectonics, and climate
5: Living landscapes
6: Landscapes and us
7: Landscapes of the future
8: Landscapes, art, and culture
9: Unseen landscapes
Further Reading


Heather Viles is a geographer working in the University of Oxford, who teaches geomorphology to undergraduates and masters' level students, and researches on biological influences on geomorphology and the weathering of rocks and building stones. She is currently carrying out research in the Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa, the Namib desert, ruined ancient monuments in England, and is trying to simulate the weathering of rocks on the planet Mars in the laboratory.
Andrew Goudie is a Professor of Geography in the University of Oxford and Master of St Cross College. He has worked on many aspects of geomorphology including deserts, the effects of climate change, the links between geomorphology and archaeology, and the conservation of sites of geomorphological interest.


ISBN : 9780199565573

Andrew S. Goudie; Heather Viles
152 ページ
111 x 174 mm
Very Short Introductions





Landscapes and Geomorphology: A Very Short Introduction [#240]

Landscapes and Geomorphology: A Very Short Introduction [#240]

Landscapes and Geomorphology: A Very Short Introduction [#240]