The Basics of Geomorphology

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The Basics of Geomorphology


Pyle, Chris, Geography


The Basics of Geomorphology Kenneth J. Gregory and John Lewin London: SAGE, 2014 248pp, 16x23.5cm, Pb: £19.99, ISBN 978-1-4739-0575-7

New media require new messages and minds. Mark Twain wrote that Gutenberg's printing press changed everything on Earth. Walter Benjamin wrestled with art in the age of mechanical reproduction. So what is the role of the textbook in the age of the internet? That intriguing question is the starting point for Gregory and Lewin's guide to geomorphological concepts. And their answer is convincing: instead of encyclopaedia, students need 'books that focus on the very heart of the discipline ... A foundation for independent, self-paced learning' (p.xi).

This book is pitched at upper level undergraduates and beyond. To gain maximum benefit you must read it with the companion website open - which for the target audience presumably means on their phones. Its focus is the core principles of geomorphoiogy. It is an impressive survey of the philosophy and historiography of the discipline, with dense and readable introductions to topics as diverse as cycles, landforms, uniformitarianism, the Anthropocene, and geomorphic hazards. …

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