Landscape Evolution in the United States, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0123978068
  • ISBN-13: 9780123978066
  • DDC: 917.304
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 480 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Landscape Evolution in the United States is an accessible text that balances interdisciplinary theory and application within the physical geography, geology, geomorphology, and climatology of the United States. Landscape evolution refers to the changing terrain of any given area of the Earth's crust over time. Common causes of evolution (or geomorphology—land morphing into a different size or shape over time) are glacial erosion and deposition, volcanism, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, sediment transport into rivers, landslides, climate change, and other surface processes. The book is divided into three main parts covering landscape components and how they are affected by climactic, tectonic and ocean systems; varying structural provinces including the Cascadia Volcanic Arc and California Transpressional System; and the formation and collapse of mountain systems. The vast diversity of terrain and landscapes across the United States makes this an ideal tool for geoscientists worldwide who are researching the country's geological evolution over the past several billion years.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Keys to Understanding Landscape Evolution.
2: The Tortoise and the Hare.
3: Component: The Rock/Sediment Type.
4: Component: The Structural Form.
5: Mechanisms That Impart Change to Landscapes.
6: Forcing Variable: The Tectonic System.
7: Forcing Variable: The Climatic System.
8: Forcing Variables: Sea Level and Isostasy.
9: Interaction of Tectonics, Climate, and Time.
10: Structural Provinces.
11: Unconsolidated Sediment.
12: Nearly Flat-Lying Sedimentary Layers.
13: Crystalline-Cored Mid-Continent Anticlines and Domes.
14: Foreland Fold-and-Thrust Belts.
15: Crystalline Deformation Belts.
16: Young Volcanic Rocks of the Cordillera.
17: Normal Fault-Dominated Landscapes.
18: Cascadia Volcanic Arc System.
19: California Transpressional System.
20: The Story of the Grand Canyon.
21: Mountain Building.
22: Early Theories on the Origin of Mountain Belts.
23: Keys to the Interpretation of Geological History.
24: Tectonic Style, Rock Successions, and Tectonic Provinces.
25: Formation, Collapse, and Erosonal Decay of Mountain Systems.
26: The Appalachian Orogenic Belt: An Example of Compressional Mountain Building.
27: The Cordilleran Orogenic Belt.