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Landscapes and Landforms of Brazil

  • Bianca Carvalho Vieira
  • André Augusto Rodrigues Salgado
  • Leonardo José Cordeiro Santos

Part of the World Geomorphological Landscapes book series (WGLC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Brazil: Long-term Natural Evolution of Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Bianca Carvalho Vieira, André Augusto Rodrigues Salgado, Leonardo José Cordeiro Santos
      Pages 3-7
    3. Fernando Flecha de Alkmim
      Pages 9-17
    4. André Augusto Rodrigues Salgado, Guilherme Tatison Bueno, Alisson Duarte Diniz, Breno Ribeiro Marent
      Pages 19-31
    5. João Lima Sant’anna Neto, Emerson Galvani, Bianca Carvalho Vieira
      Pages 33-41
  3. Extraordinary Landscapes of Brazil

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Carlos César Uchôa de Lima, José Maria Landim Dominguez
      Pages 45-54
    3. Carlos Ernesto Gonçalves Reynaud Schaefer, Fábio Soares de Oliveira
      Pages 65-77
    4. Jorge Hamilton Souza dos Santos, Nádja Furtado Bessa dos Santos
      Pages 79-90
    5. Leonardo José Cordeiro Santos, Eduardo Vedor de Paula, Carlos Roberto Soares
      Pages 103-113
    6. Celia Regina de Gouveia Souza
      Pages 115-134
    7. Rubson Pinheiro Maia, Francisco Hilário Rêgo Bezerra
      Pages 147-156
    8. Edgardo M. Latrubesse, José Cândido Stevaux
      Pages 157-169
    9. Joël Rodet, Luc Willems, André Pouclet
      Pages 171-181
    10. Augusto S. Auler, Luis B. Piló
      Pages 183-190
    11. Fernando de Morais, Sandro Sidnei Vargas de Cristo
      Pages 191-200

About this book


This book presents Brazil as a country of continental dimensions. Its territory has a large variety of rock types, geological structures and climates. The country has a large variety of landscapes, such as the humid plains of the Amazon River, the dry plateaus of the semi-arid region or the subtropical mountains of the southern region. On the coast, some plateaus and mountains, like the Serra do Mar Mountain range, formed a significant barrier front to access the hinterland of Brazil. On the other side of these coastal plateaus and mountains, there is a large collection of other plateaus, mountains, plains and depressions little altered by human interference. Thus, Brazil has a unique variety of different landscapes and extraordinary geomorphological sites. The book invites readers to learn more about the beautiful Brazilian landscapes, their complexity and vastness.


Brazil Geomorphological Site Geomorphology Natural Landscape Physical Geography

Editors and affiliations

  • Bianca Carvalho Vieira
    • 1
  • André Augusto Rodrigues Salgado
    • 2
  • Leonardo José Cordeiro Santos
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Department of GeographyFederal University of Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil
  3. 3.Department of GeographyFederal University of FederalCuritibaBrazil

About the editors

Bianca Carvalho Vieira is Bachelor in Geography and M.Sc. (Geography) from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). As of 2005, she is professor at the Department of Geography at the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil. She teaches courses on Geomorphology (Graduation) and Mass Movement: concepts, conditioning factors and preview methods (Post-Graduation). She has PhD in Geography (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) on predicting shallow landslides in Serra do Mar (SP) from physically based models. From 2002–2003, she was researcher on the Instituto de Pesquisas Tecnológicas do Estado de São Paulo (IPT) and worked with landslides diagnosis and prediction on the urban areas and mapping of risk areas in the São Paulo city. She is Member of the Executive Committee of Brazilian Geomorphological Union (UGB) as of 2004. From 2003–2005, she was Professor at the Department of Geography - State University of São Paulo (UNESP). Her main research interests are methods are currently used in the spatial and temporal prediction of shallow landslides in a basin scale, analysis of the role of the topography in the distribution of erosive forms and identification risk areas of landslides and floods in urban areas.

André Augusto Rodrigues Salgado is a Bachelor in Geography and a M.Sc. in Geography (Federal University of Minas Gerais), is a Doctorate in Crustal Evolution and Natural Resources (Federal University of Ouro Preto) and doctorate in Geosciences (Universite d'Aix-Marseille III). He is currently Adjunct Professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. He has experience in Geosciences, with emphasis on geomorphology and his research interests are in regional evolution of the topography and measurement of erosion in the long term. Since 2009 works as a consultant in the evaluation of ad hoc scientific merit of research projects in Geomorphology that require financing from the National Science Fondation (NSF) - funder of scientific research agency of the US Government. Currently vice-president of the Brazilian Geomorphology Union (UGB) and Sub-Program Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Geography (M/D) of UFMG.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Landscapes and Landforms of Brazil
  • Editors Bianca Carvalho Vieira
    André Augusto Rodrigues Salgado
    Leonardo José Cordeiro Santos
  • Series Title World Geomorphological Landscapes
  • Series Abbreviated Title World Geomorphological Landscapes
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-017-8022-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-024-0030-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-017-8023-0
  • Series ISSN 2213-2090
  • Series E-ISSN 2213-2104
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 403
  • Number of Illustrations 8 b/w illustrations, 267 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Geomorphology
    Physical Geography
    Soil Science & Conservation
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