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Volcanic Landscapes and Associated Wetlands of Lowland Patagonia

  • Elizabeth Mazzoni
  • Jorge Rabassa
  • The first-ever book on this subject and region

  • Richly illustrated offering an extensive selection of original pictures of a poorly known region of South America

  • Synthesizes the current state of knowledge on the Cenozoic volcanic units of southern Patagonia and their landscapes

  • Develops the hydrogeomorphological/underground water movement model in unprecedented detail

  • Describes the intimate relationship between natural and socioeconomic environments in one of the least densely populated regions in the world


Part of the The Latin American Studies Book Series book series (LASBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Emilia Aguilera, Elizabeth Mazzoni, Jorge Rabassa
    Pages 31-67
  3. Dora Silvia Maglione, José Luis Sáenz, Elizabeth Mazzoni
    Pages 123-153
  4. Elizabeth Mazzoni, Jorge Rabassa
    Pages 155-176
  5. Elizabeth Mazzoni, Jorge Rabassa
    Pages 209-230

About this book


This book presents the most relevant basaltic plateau exposures in the provinces of Neuquén (northern Patagonia) and Santa Cruz (southern Patagonia), and analyzes their geomorphological and morphometric characteristics. The existence of wetland ecosystems near the volcanic plateaus is quantified, thus providing indexes that describe the quantitative relationships between these landscape features. These indexes also make it possible to estimate the development of these wetlands in non-surveyed areas, opening the door for studying remote, isolated areas by means of remote sensing images. In turn, the book proposes a numerical classification system for this type of landscape that summarizes the main geomorphological and hydrological characteristics.


Cenozoic Volcanic Landscapes Basaltic Plateaux Geomorphology of Wetlands Wet Meadows Wetlands in Lowland Patagonia

Editors and affiliations

  • Elizabeth Mazzoni
    • 1
  • Jorge Rabassa
    • 2
  1. 1.Unidad Académica Río GallegosUniversidad Nacional de la Patagonia Austral (UARG – UNPA)Río GallegosArgentina
  2. 2.Laboratorio de GeomorfologíaCADIC-CONICET and Universidad Nacional de Tierra del FuegoUshuaiaArgentina

About the editors

Elizabeth Mazzoni has obtained her PhD in Geography at the Universidad Nacional del Sur. Since 1990, she teaches and researches at the Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia Austral (UNPA), Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz, Argentina, in the areas of Physical Geography and Remote Sensing. It works on topics related to geomorphology of Patagonia, wetlands, landscapes, scenic resources (geotourism) and desertification.

Prof. Jorge O. Rabassa has obtained his PhD in Geology at the Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Museo, Universidad Nacional de La Plata. Since 1986, he has teached at the Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia-San Juan Bosco and, since 2012, at the Universidad Nacional de Tierra del Fuego. He has been the Director of CADIC, the southernmost, multidisciplinary research center of the world, at Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, that belongs to the CONICET, the National Research Council of Argentina. He is a published author (journals, books and book chapters) and was the founder and head editor of the journal "Quaternary of South America & Antarctic Peninsula" from 1982 to 1999. He has a longstanding scientific activity in Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and the Antarctic Peninsula. He has been the President of the Universidad Nacional del Comahue, in northern Patagonia and he is a member of the Argentine National Academy of Sciences.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Volcanic Landscapes and Associated Wetlands of Lowland Patagonia
  • Editors Elizabeth Mazzoni
    Jorge Rabassa
  • Series Title The Latin American Studies Book Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title The Latin American Studies Book Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-71920-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-89121-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-71921-4
  • Series ISSN 2366-3421
  • Series E-ISSN 2366-343X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 295
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 182 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Geomorphology
    Environmental Geography
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