Mid-Latitude Slope Deposits (Cover Beds)

Mid-Latitude Slope Deposits (Cover Beds)

1st Edition - February 26, 2013

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  • Editor: Arno Kleber
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444531186
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080932194

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Slope deposits are common in any inclined relief. So-called cover beds may veil entire landscapes, in which case they are commonly overlooked or confused with soil horizons. This book focuses on these widespread deposits and discusses their properties, genesis, and age mainly in subdued mountains of Central Europe, where to date most research on the matter has been conducted. The ecological consequences of such slope deposits on soils, slope water dynamics, and slope failures are addressed. Finally, transfer of the cover-bed concept to other mid-latitude regions is attempted for the reconstruction of landscape evolution. This unique compilation, covering several decades of a facies-oriented approach to slope-deposit research, delivers deep insight into the wide field of research on cover beds and encourages researchers all over the world to take an in-depth look at the critical zone as to its possible stratified nature.

Key Features

  • Unique compilation of several decades of slope-deposit research
  • Facies-oriented approach
  • Addresses ecological consequences on soils, slope water dynamics, and slope failures


sedimentologists, petroleum geologists, geomorphologists, paleontologists, soil scientists

Table of Contents

    • Contributors
    • Preface
    • Chapter 1. Introduction
      • 1.1 Scope of the Book
      • 1.2 Structure of the Book
      • 1.3 Terminology
      • 1.4 History of Ideas
      • 1.5 Cover Beds in the Context of the “Earth’s Critical-Zone” Concept
      • Further Reading
    • Chapter 2. Subdued Mountains of Central Europe
      • 2.1 Introduction
      • 2.2 Sedimentary Properties of Layers
      • 2.3 Distribution and Thickness of Layers
      • 2.4 Classification Issues
      • 2.5 Statistical Approach to Layer Properties and Distribution
      • 2.6 Genesis of Cover Beds
      • 2.7 Chronology of Periglacial Cover Beds
      • 2.8 Regional Differences in Cover-Bed Properties and Distribution
      • Further-reading
    • Chapter 3. Influence of Cover Beds on Soils
      • 3.1 Introduction
      • 3.2 An Integrated Soil-Evolution Model for Lithologically Discontinuous Soil
      • 3.3 Pedogenesis in Cover Beds
      • 3.4 Consequences for Soil Properties
      • 3.5 Conclusions
    • Chapter 4. Influence of Cover Beds on Slope Hydrology
      • 4.1 Introduction
      • 4.2 Basic Hypotheses
      • 4.3 Case Studies
      • 4.4 Conclusions
    • Chapter 5. Geotechnical Properties of Cover Beds
      • 5.1 Introduction
      • 5.2 Internal Stability of Cover Beds Derived from the “Infinite Mechanical Slope Model”
      • 5.3 Case Studies
      • 5.4 Perspectives
    • Chapter 6. Transferring the Concept of Cover Beds
      • 6.1 Introduction
      • 6.2 Basins and Lowlands of the Mid-Latitudes
      • 6.3 High Mountains of the Mid-Latitudes
      • 6.4 Conclusions
    • Chapter 7. Relative Dating with Cover Beds
      • 7.1 Introduction
      • 7.2 Case Study at the Swabian Jurassic Escarpment
      • 7.3 Case Studies in the Western USA
      • 7.4 Conclusions
    • Chapter 8. Conclusions
      • 8.1 Takeouts of This Book
      • 8.2 Future Research Demands on Cover Beds
      • References
    • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 320
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2013
  • Published: February 26, 2013
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444531186
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080932194

About the Serial Volume Editor

Arno Kleber

Arno Kleber is a Professor and Chair of Physical Geography at the Technical University of Dresden. After completing his doctorate, Arno Kleber focused his research on top layers, making the German cover layer concept internationally known and transferring the concept to other areas of the temperate zone, placing a focus on the possibilities of reconstructing past climate changes and the quantification of environmentally significant processes that are controlled by surface layers. Dr Kleber is a member of various scientific societies such as the German Soil Science Society, DEUQUA and INQUA, Geological Society of America, Soil Science Society of America and American Association for the Advancement of Science. From 2006 to 2012, Arno Kleber was spokesman for the geosciences department at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences at TU Dresden. He was also Dean of Studies for Geography from 2006 to 2016 and was therefore largely responsible for the development of geographic courses.

Affiliations and Expertise

Faculty Forest, Earth, and Hydro Sciences, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

About the Editor

Birgit Terhorst

Dr Birgit Terhorst is Professor of Physical Geography and Soil Science at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. She has held various lecturing and professorship positions in institutions in soil science and geography. Dr Terhorst conducts research on geography, natural hazards and landslides, geoinformatics (GIS), geoarcheology, soil science, and quaternary research. She has over 150 publications in international journals and is supervising numerous research projects. Her completed research projects include geophysical methods for the analysis of mass movements; gravitational mass movements in Mexico under the influence of climate change and anthropogenic use; slope stability and danger zones in northern Bavaria: a study on causes, process and risk; and monitoring procedures in active landslide areas, among many others.

Affiliations and Expertise

Universität Würzburg, Germany

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