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The Earth's Dynamic Surface

The Earth's Dynamic Surface is a text book and reference book on Geology, Earth Sciences and Geomorphology. Though many books have been written on the subject, in this book incorporates the traditional, as well as modern concepts, which could be comprehensive yet fundamental and which could be useful for Earth Science, Geology, Geography as well as non-Geography students.

This book attempts to answer some of the most fundamental questions of Geomorphology in a down to earth language. It departs from traditional books in that it is most upto date in its presentation of facts and eliminates many obsolete concepts. In a sense this book is more scientifically produced than any other book on Geomorphology previously written. Throughout the book, the aim is to maintain the link with the basics and the fundamentals.

The Earth’s Dynamic Surface' is an attempt to integrate the various needs. It is an amalgamation of the diverse concepts and terms that constitutes the subject. The approach taken is firmly based on sound scientific principles. The emphasis is on the simplification of the concepts. Therefore, the book has been designed. The layout and make-up of the pages is such that students belonging to different categories can use it alike. Essential scientific models, concepts and terms (particularly for deeper knowledge of the subject) are explained in boxed sections which are separated from the text in order to facilitate the use of the book with wide academic background and interest. Special attention has been paid to the simplification of the language. 

 

 

Contents of the Book

 

 

Section—A: Introduction

 

1.  Basic Concepts

ection—B: The Earth

2.  Rocks

  • Igneous
  • Sedimentary
  • Metamorphic

3.       Interior of the Earth

4 .    The Crust

          Continental Crust

          Oceanic Crust

          Origin and Evolution of the Earth’s Crust

          Continental and Oceanic Crust: A comparison

Section-C: Endogenetic Processes and Landforms

5.       Earth Movements

6.      Continental Drift

          Wegener’s Theory

          Palaeomagnetism

          Sea Floor Spreading

7.      Plate Tectonics

          Plate Movement

          Mechanism

          Problems

          Plate Tectonics and Crustal Features

8.      Volcanism

          Distribution

          Magma Generation

          Intrusive Features

          Extrusive Features

9.      Earthquakes

10.    Tsunami

11.     Orogeny (Mountain Building)

Section-D: Exogenic Processes and Landforms

12.    Denudation

          Weathering

          Mass-Wasting

          Erosion

13.     Fluvial Landforms

          Characteristics of River

          Erosional Landforms

          Depositional Landforms

14.  Channel Morphology

15.  Ground Water and Geohydrology

16.  Karst Landforms

          Factors Favouring Karst Development

          Erosional Features

          Depositional Features

17.   Marine Landforms

          Erosional Features

          Depositional Features

18.   Aeolian Landforms

          Origin of Sand

          Erosional Features

          Depositional Features

19.   Glacial Landforms

          Movement of Glaciers

          Erosional Features

          Depositional Features

20.   Periglacial Landforms

          Periglacial Processess

          Periglacial Features

21.   Erosion Surfaces

Section-E: Endogenic—Exogenic Interaction

22.     Geomorphic Cycles

                   Views of Davis

                   Views of Penck

                   Davis and Penck: A comparison

                   Views of King

23.     Slope Development

24.     Denudation Chronology

25.     Rejuvenated Landforms

                   Causes of Rejuvenation

                   Features Produced by Rejuvenation

26      Eustatic Changes

Section-F: ECONOMIC AND APPLIED GEOMORPHOLOGY

27.  Economic Geology

28.  Applied Geomorphology

Acknowledgements

Appendix-I           — Geological Period

Appendix-II          — Basic Facts on Earth

Appendix-III         — Theories in Geomorphology

Appendix-IV        — Glossary

References

 

This is the only Indian publication by Indian author to have a glossary of terms. For its high quality, the book has been reviewed, approved and recommended by NATIONAL BOOK TRUST, Govt of India.