Physical landscapes are one of the most fascinating facets of our Planet, which tell stories about the evolution of the surface of the Earth. This book provides up-to-date information about the geomorphology of the selected ‘classic’ sites from around the world and shows the variety of geomorphological landscapes as moulded by different sets of processes acting over different timescales, from millions of years to days. The volume is written by nearly fifty geomorphologists from more than twenty countries who for many years have researched some of the unique sceneries on the planet. The thirty six chapters present each continent of the world. They describe landscapes of different origin, so that the reader can learn about the complexity of processes behind the sceneries.
This is a useful reference book, linking geomorphology with global initiatives focused on nature conservation.
Piotr Migon is Professor of Geography at the University of Wroclaw, Poland. He was a Royal Society Fellow based at the University of Oxford, UK in 1995-1996, and a Fulbright Fellow based at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2003. He served as the Secretary of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) in 1997-2001. Currently he is a member of the IAG Task Group to strengthen cooperation between the IAG and the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). His recent publications include ‘Granite Landscapes of the World’ (Oxford University Press, 2006), a textbook on geomorphology published in Poland (2006) and numerous papers in international journals, including Geomorphology, Catena, Earth-Science Reviews.