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New Zealand Landscape - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128124932, 9780128125656

New Zealand Landscape

1st Edition

Behind the Scene

Author: Paul Williams
eBook ISBN: 9780128125656
Paperback ISBN: 9780128124932
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 18th May 2017
Page Count: 482
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New Zealand Landscape: Behind the Scene tells the story of New Zealand through the subject of geomorphology, a branch of earth science at the interface of geology and geography. Geomorphology is informally described as the ‘science of scenery’, and as with every science, ideas evolve as the research frontier advances.

Users will find an early 21st century interpretation of the New Zealand landscape, an interpretation that rests on, and draws from, a rich foundation of ideas bequeathed by predecessors who have had the privilege of exploring, researching, and enjoying this corner of the Pacific.

Key Features

  • Tells a geological and geographical story with questions that are addressed and answered in the course of the book
  • Written in an accessible style for both researchers and students
  • Features full-color photos of the beautiful New Zealand landscape


Geomorphologists, geologists, geographers, earth scientists, Resource planners and managers, and anyone interested in the science and history of the New Zealand landscape

Table of Contents

  1. Creation of Zealandia
    2. Emergence of New Zealand
    3. Volcanic landscapes
    4. Wearing it down
    5. Rivers and their landscapes
    6. Karst, subterranean rivers and caves
    7. Glaciations and climate change
    8. Coasts
    9. Living in the landscape


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About the Author

Paul Williams

Professor Williams has had a long-standing research interest in geomorphology and hydrology and is a Fellow of the International Association of Geomorphologists. He is co-author of the seminal reference text ‘Karst Hydrogeology and Geomorphology’ and a senior advisor to IUCN/UNESCO concerning natural World Heritage.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor, School of Environment, University of Auckland, New Zealand


"Emeritus Professor Paul Williams’ new book, which explains New Zealand through the lens of a geomorphologist, is very welcome. ‘New Zealand Landscape: Behind The Scene’, at 482 pages in length and supported by plentiful colour illustrations and photographs, is an impresive tome of knowledge and insight into the New Zealand landscape." --Geoscience Society of New Zealand Newsletter

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