Geomorphological landforms and processes exert a strong influence on surface engineering works, yet comparatively little systematic information on geomorphology is available to engineers. This book presents a worldwide view of geomorphology for engineers and other professionals on the near-surface engineering problems associated with the various landscapes. This new and completely revised edition has additional chapters with an improved format and is broadly divided into three parts.
The first part is concerned with the major factors which control the materials, form and processes on the Earth’s surfaces. The second part deals with the geomorphological processes which help shape land surfaces and influence their engineering characteristics and the final part covers environments and landscapes, including some specialist chapters. Each chapter is written by leading authorities on the subject and is both self-contained and referenced with other chapters as appropriate to make a balanced whole.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Part 1 - Geomorphological Controls: Climate and weathering; Sedimentology; Tectonics; Stratigraphy; The Quaternary; Engineering soils; Part II - Geomorphological Processes: Landslips; Neotectonics; Rivers; Soil erosion; Subsidence; Part III - Environments and landscapes: Glacial environments; Periglacial environments; Temperate environments; Hot drylands; Savanna; Hot wetlands; Mountains and highlands; Estuarine environments; Coasts: environments and landforms; Continental shelves; Volcanic landscapes; Soluble rock landscapes; Loess landscape; Chalk landscape; Urban geomorphology. Glossary. Appendices.
“The book itself is a ‘must’ for practitioners who deliver site conceptual geologic models for engineered construction. …The net result is a treatment that seems to urge the reader to move forward to a state of knowledge at which the practitioner feels a high level of confidence in not having ‘missed’ some fatal flaw or other undiscovered geologic feature or condition that might compromise the purpose of the engineered work for which the field work has been accomplished.”
“… a reference book for geotechnical engineers and problems that they may encounter around the world. … At 851 pages and 27 chapters, this is a reference book. It is broken into three distinct sections: controls on geomorphology (tectonics, weathering, climate, etc…), processes (landslides, rivers, periglacial, subsidence, soil erosion, etc…) and landscapes. … with fifteen chapters on different geomorphic environments and the engineering problems typical of each … Chapters are written by noted authorities … each topic and the overall book retains a cohesiveness in style and language that reflects strong guidance from the editors. This book is more than a collection of papers. … Importantly, tables and diagrams are used frequently through out ant they are up to date, relevant and useful. …”
— Rick Guthrie, MSc, PGeo, Regional Geomorphologist, in Island Geoscience, Vol. 03, No. 03, Fall 2006