The trajectory of geomorphology

  title={The trajectory of geomorphology},
  author={Michael Church},
  journal={Progress in Physical Geography},
  pages={265 - 286}
  • M. Church
  • Published 1 June 2010
  • Environmental Science
  • Progress in Physical Geography
Modern geomorphology was founded in the nineteenth century as an exercise of historical interpretation of landscapes. After the mid-twentieth century it dominantly became a quest to understand the processes by which landscapes are modified. This focused attention on the measurement of sediment fluxes on synoptic timescales and on a reductionist, Newtonian programme of construction of low-order theories about those fluxes, largely imported from engineering science. The period also saw the… 

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