Contents: Part I. The Tropical Environment: 1. Geomorphology and the tropics. 2. Geological framework of tropical lands. 3. Tropical hydrology. 4. Land cover in the tropics. Part II. Tropical Geomorphology: 5. Weathering in the tropics. 6. Tropical slopes: form and function. 7. Rivers in the tropics. 8. Alluvial valleys. 9. Large tropical rivers. 10. The tropical coast. 11. Tropical deltas. 12. The arid tropics. 13. Tropical highlands. 14. Volcanic landforms. 15. Tropical karst. 16. Quaternary in the tropics. Part III. Anthropogenic Changes: 17. Anthropogenic alteration of geomorphic processes in the tropics. 18. Urban geomorphology in the tropics. 19. The future with climate change. References. Index.
Although similar geomorphic processes take place in other regions, in the tropics these processes operate at different rates and with varying intensities. Tropical geomorphology therefore provides many new discoveries regarding geomorphic processes. This textbook describes both the humid and arid tropics. It provides thoroughly up-to-date concepts and relevant case studies, and emphasises the importance of geomorphology in the management and sustainable development of the tropical environment, including climate change scenarios. The text is supported by a large number of illustrations, including satellite images. Student exercises accompany each chapter. Tropical Geomorphology is an ideal textbook for any course on tropical geomorphology or the tropical environment, and is also invaluable as a reference text for researchers and environmental managers in the tropics.