Geology and Landscape Evolution

Geology and Landscape Evolution

General Principles Applied to the United States

2nd Edition - April 16, 2018

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  • Author: Joseph DiPietro
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128111918
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128111925

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Geology and Landscape Evolution: General Principles Applied to the United States, Second Edition, is an accessible text that balances interdisciplinary theory and applications within the physical geography, geology, geomorphology and climatology of the United States. The vast diversity of terrain and landscape across the United States makes this an ideal tool for geoscientists worldwide who research the country’s geological and landscape evolution. The book provides an explanation of how landscape forms, how it evolves and why it looks the way it does. This new edition is fully updated with greater detail throughout and additional figures, maps, drawings and photographs. Rather than limiting the coverage specifically to tectonics or to the origin and evolution of rocks with little regard for the actual landscape beyond general desert, river and glacial features, this book concentrates specifically on the origin of the landscape itself, with specific and exhaustive reference to examples from across the United States. The book begins with a discussion of how rock type and rock structure combine with tectonic activity, climate, isostasy and sea level change to produce landscape and then explores predicting how landscape will evolve. The book goes on to apply those concepts to specific examples throughout the United States, making it a valuable resource for understanding theoretical geological concepts through a practical lens.

Key Features

  • Presents the complexities of physical geography, geology, geomorphology and climatology of the United States through an interdisciplinary, highly accessible approach
  • Offers hundreds of full-color figures, maps and photographs that capture the systematic interaction of land, rock, rivers, glaciers, global wind patterns and climate, including Google Earth images
  • Provides a thorough assessment of the logic, rationale, and tools required to understand how to interpret landscape and the geological history of the Earth
  • Features exercises that conclude each chapter, aiding in the retention of key concepts
  • Updated with greater detail throughout and additional figures, maps, drawings and photographs
  • Includes additional subheadings so that material is easier to find and digest
  • Includes an all-new chapter on glaciation and expanded exercises using Google Earth images to enhance understanding


Students and researchers in geology, geography, and tectonics. Students in other fields of earth and environmental science who want to familiarize themselves with the topic

Table of Contents

    1. The Tortoise and the Hare
    2. River Systems
    3. Component: The Rock/Sediment Type
    4. Component: The Structural Form
    5. Forcing Agent: The Tectonic System
    6. Forcing Agent: The Climatic System
    7. Forcing Agent: Isostasy
    8. Forcing Agent: Sea Level Change
    9. Mechanisms That Impart Change to Landscape
    10. Age and Evolution of Landscape

    11. Structural Provinces
    12. A Daughter of The Snows: Glacial Landscapes
    13. Sediment and Nearly Flat-Lying Sedimentary Layers
    14. Crystalline- Cored Mid-Continent Anticlines and Domes
    15. Foreland Fold and Thrust Belts
    16. Hinterland Deformation Belts
    17. Young Volcanic Rocks of the Cordillera
    18. Normal Fault-Dominated Landscapes
    19. Cascadia Volcanic Arc System
    20. California Strike-Slip System

Product details

  • No. of pages: 636
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2018
  • Published: April 16, 2018
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128111918
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128111925

About the Author

Joseph DiPietro

Joseph DiPietro
Joseph A. DiPietro is Professor of Geology at the University of Southern Indiana. His research interests are in the fields of structural geology, tectonics, and metamorphism. He has been on the faculty at University of Southern Indiana since 1991 where he teaches Physical Geology, Landscapes and Geology of North America, Mineralogy, Structural Geology, and Tectonics. Most of his research has been on the tectonics of the Pakistan Himalaya where he mapped along the suture zone that separates India from Asia. He has also worked for the New York State Geological Survey mapping in the Adirondack Mountains and for the Idaho Geological Survey mapping in the Clearwater Mountains and he has conducted mapping and research in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, USA

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