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Process, Time and the Physical Landscape: Geomorphology today

M. Bradshaw
Geography
Vol. 67, No. 1 (January 1982), pp. 15-28
Published by: Geographical Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40570466
Page Count: 14
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Process, Time and the Physical Landscape: Geomorphology today
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Abstract

Geomorphology is finding a new place within geography. The Davisian cyclic approach and the more recent preoccupation with small-scale process studies are giving way to a synthesis which evaluates the process studies in the context of changing landscapes over time. This approach has many practical applications in addition to the explanation of landscape evolution. The landscape of southwest England is examined as an example of the approach adopted. The approach begins with a description of the landform assemblages present and of the physical processes operating today. Some of the landforms can be related to particular processes in operation at present, but there are many which cannot.Alternative explanations include the operation of other processes in the past and the activity of man. When the origins and sequence of landform evolution are understood, a series of applications and implications can be derived.

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