geomorphology


geo·mor·phol·o·gy

noun \-mr-ˈfä-lə-jē\
plural geo·mor·phol·o·gies

Definition of GEOMORPHOLOGY

1
:  a science that deals with the relief features of the earth or of another celestial body (as the moon) and seeks a genetic interpretation of them
2
:  the features dealt with in geomorphology
geo·mor·phol·o·gist \-mr-ˈfä-lə-jist\ noun

Examples of GEOMORPHOLOGY

  1. <the unique character of desert geomorphology>

Origin of GEOMORPHOLOGY

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1893

geomorphology

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Scientific discipline that describes and classifies the Earth's topographic features. Many systems of classifying landforms have been devised. Some systems describe and group topographic features primarily according to the processes that shaped or modified them. Others take additional factors into consideration (e.g., character of the surface rocks and climatic variations) and include the developmental stage of landforms as an aspect of their evolution over geologic time.

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