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River Variability and Complexity

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  • Date Published: October 2007
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521040990

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  • Rivers differ among themselves and through time. An individual river can vary significantly downstream, changing its dimensions and pattern dramatically over a short distance. If hydrology and hydraulics were the primary controls on the morphology and behaviour of large rivers, we would expect long reaches of rivers to maintain characteristic and relatively uniform morphologies. In fact, this is not the case - the variability of large rivers indicates that other important factors are involved. River Variability and Complexity presents an interesting approach to the understanding of river variability. It provides examples of river variability and explains the reasons for them, including fluvial response to human activities. Understanding the mechanisms of variability is important for geomorphologists, geologists, river engineers and sedimentologists as they attempt to interpret ancient fluvial deposits or anticipate river behaviour at different locations and through time. This book provides an excellent background for graduates, researchers and professionals.

    • A concise approach to the understanding of river variability, building on the author's 40 years' experience of river geomorphology
    • Includes helpful reference tables and charts for the study of river characteristics (type) and behaviour (dynamics)
    • Includes a discussion of the unintended consequences of human actions and develops a hypothesis regarding the effect of river characteristics on human behaviour
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    • Date Published: October 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521040990
    • length: 236 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 135 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    Part I. Background:
    1. Introduction
    2. Types of rivers
    3. Non-regime channels
    Part II. Upstream Controls:
    4. History
    5. Tectonics and relief
    6. Lithology
    7. Climate: hydrology
    8. Humans
    Part III. Fixed Local Controls:
    9. Bedrock: alluvium
    10. Tributaries
    11. Active tectonics
    12. Valley morphology
    Part IV. Variable Local Controls:
    13. Floods
    14. Vegetation
    15. Accidents
    Part V. Downstream Controls:
    16. Base-level
    17. Length
    Part VI. Rivers and Humans:
    18. Applications
    19. Some unintended consequences
    20. River impact on ancient civilisations: a hypothesis
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Stanley A. Schumm, Colorado State University
    Dr Schumm is an internationally recognised geormorphologist and author of several books, including the prize-winning The Fluvial System.

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