Landscapes and Landforms of Namibia

  • Andrew Goudie
  • Heather Viles

Part of the World Geomorphological Landscapes book series (WGLC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction to Namibia and Its Landscapes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Andrew Goudie, Heather Viles
      Pages 3-25
    3. Andrew Goudie, Heather Viles
      Pages 27-35
    4. Andrew Goudie, Heather Viles
      Pages 37-46
    5. Andrew Goudie, Heather Viles
      Pages 47-51
  3. Regional Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Andrew Goudie, Heather Viles
      Pages 61-65
    3. Andrew Goudie, Heather Viles
      Pages 67-68
    4. Andrew Goudie, Heather Viles
      Pages 69-71
    5. Andrew Goudie, Heather Viles
      Pages 73-75
    6. Andrew Goudie, Heather Viles
      Pages 77-83
    7. Andrew Goudie, Heather Viles
      Pages 85-89
    8. Andrew Goudie, Heather Viles
      Pages 91-96
    9. Andrew Goudie, Heather Viles
      Pages 97-101
    10. Andrew Goudie, Heather Viles
      Pages 103-106
    11. Andrew Goudie, Heather Viles
      Pages 107-109
    12. Andrew Goudie, Heather Viles
      Pages 115-120

About this book

Introduction

The landscapes of Namibia are of world-class quality in beauty, diversity and interest. This book provides the first ever overview of the most important of these landscapes, explains why they look as they do, and evaluates why they are of note. Writing from a geomorphological perspective, the authors introduce the key processes and controls which influence landscape and landform development in Namibia. Geological and tectonic background, climate now and in the past, vegetation and animals (including humans) are all identified as crucial factors influencing the landscape of Namibia today. The book presents twenty one richly-illustrated case studies of the most significant landscapes of Namibia, ranging from the iconic Etosha Pan at the heart of the biggest wildlife conservation area in the north, to the famous dunes and ephemeral river at Sossus Vlei in the heart of the Namib desert. Each case study also contains a full list of the key references to the scientific work on that landscape. The authors provide an assessment of the current state of conservation of these landscapes, and their importance to tourism. The book is recommended reading for anyone with a professional or amateur interest in the spectacular and intriguing landscapes of this part of southern Africa. It provides a useful handbook for those travelling around Namibia, and an invaluable reference guide for those interested in how landscapes develop and change.

Keywords

Deserts Geoheritage Geomorphology Landforms Namibia

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrew Goudie
    • 1
  • Heather Viles
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Geography and the EnvironmentOxford UniversityOxfordUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of Geography and the EnvironmentOxford UniversityOxfordUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-8020-9
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-8019-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-8020-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2213-2090
  • Series Online ISSN 2213-2104
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