Geomorphology of the Tropics

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Springer Science & Business Media, 2000 - 314 pages
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Geomorphological research in the humid to seasonal tropics has primarily concentrated on the most characteristic landform assemblage of this zone, namely that of stepped, largely undissected etchplains, often dotted with inselbergs and cutting across ancient basement rocks. Although the author discusses extensively this subject, he puts particular emphasis on the differences of chemical weathering and land-forming processes on rocks of various lithology and structure. This contrast becomes most evident, when comparing the highly resistant quartzitic sediments often covering the basement rocks, e.g. the Roraima series on the Guiana shield, with the easily weathered volcanics, e.g. the Deccan traps of India.
The book was first published in German in 1987. However, the present version is much more than a translation, encompassing a range of new ideas and findings in the field of tropical geomorphology. The number of maps and illustrations has also been increased.
 

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Table des matières

i The Special Nature of Tropical Geomorphology1
1
On the History of Tropical Geomorphology
7
22 The Basic Problem of PlanationSurface Formation
9
23 Morphoclimatic Bipartition of the Tropics?
14
24 Climatic or Climatogenetic Geomorphology?
17
25 Theories on Planation in the Tropics
20
252 The Theory of Double Planation Surfaces and its Variants
23
253 Planation by Climatic Change
29
4241 River Activity
133
4242 Slope Processes
144
Paleoclimate Soil and Landforms
148
Tectonic Movements and Structures
157
The Cycle of Denudation in the Tropics Rocks Structures and Age
164
71 Joint Spacing Weathering and Denudation
169
72 Bedrock Composition
170
73 Peridotite Karst in New Caledonia
173

26 Geomorphological Research in the Tropics Today
33
The Determining Factors of Landform Development
42
Tropical Climates and Exogenic Morphodynamics
46
41 Soil Formation in the Tropics
51
411 Zonal Tropical Soils
55
4111 Ferrallitic Soils
56
4112 Fersiallitic Soils
58
412 Water Heat and Acids
62
413 Deep Weathering and Gradual Chemical Denudation
65
414 Either Deep Weathering or Surface Wash
67
415 Selective Weathering
69
416 Catenas and Vertisols
72
42 Geomorphological Diagnostic Landforms of the Tropics Do they Exist?
79
421 Precipitation and Runoff
81
422 Regional Assessments
89
423 Chemical Denudation
97
4231 Basics of Chemical Denudation
100
4232 Chemical Denudation Without Karst Landforms and the Occurrence of Pseudokarst
104
4233 The Solution Residue
110
4234 Losses of Matter Weight and Volume
113
Activity in Times of Stability
116
4236 Crusts Rinds and Impregnations
121
424 Mechanical Denudation
132
The Cycle of Denudation of Shield Volcanoes
182
741 The Capability of Incision of Tropical Rivers
184
742 Active Slope Retreat in the Tropics
188
75 The Deccan Basalts
195
76 Sediment Covers and SedimentaryRock Escarpments
205
77 Young Fold Mountains
212
771 Intramontane Basins in Tertiary and MesozoicPaleozoic Orogens
220
772 Mountain Fronts and their Forelands
224
78 From Fold Mountains to Cratonic Shields
225
79 Geomorphological Problems of Ancient Crystalline Areas
231
791 Structural Activity
233
792 Structural Stability
240
7922 Intramontane Plains of the Southern Continents
247
7923 Etchplain Escarpments and Stepped Etchplains
249
7924 The Uplift and Basin Structure of the Southern Continents and the Marginal Warp Problem
255
7925 Inselbergs
260
793 HumidityRelated Variants of Structurally Controlled Relief Formation?
268
Two Islands in Comparison
271
Landforms Soils and Man in the Tropics
275
References
283
Subject Index
309
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Alfred Wirthmann, Professor Emeritus, was Head of Department of the present Institute of Geography and Geoecology of the University of Karlsruhe.

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