geo·​mor·​phol·​o·​gy | \ ˌjē-ə-mȯr-ˈfä-lə-jē How to pronounce geomorphology (audio) \
plural geomorphologies

Definition of geomorphology

1 : a science that deals with the relief features of the earth or of another celestial body (such as the moon) and seeks an interpretation of them based on their origins and development
2 : the features dealt with in geomorphology

Other Words from geomorphology

geomorphologist \ ˌjē-​ə-​mȯr-​ˈfä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce geomorphology (audio) \ noun

Examples of geomorphology in a Sentence

the unique character of desert geomorphology
Recent Examples on the Web Factors like the melting rate of ice sheets and glaciers, shifting oceanic circulation patterns, water temperature, tidal range, storm surges, coastal geomorphology and land subsidence will affect local sea-level changes. David Bressan, Forbes, 1 July 2022 In that desolate, frozen, isolation, scientists perform vital astrophysics, biology, geology, glaciology, geomorphology, ice core, ocean, and climate systems research. Lukas Harnisch, SPIN, 20 Jan. 2022 After earning a doctorate in geomorphology from the University of Arizona in 1987, Merritts joined the F&M faculty. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, 18 Aug. 2020 Strip away these layers of vegetation and human add-ons, and Coe’s maps show the river’s bare-ground geomorphology: once lazy bends replaced by direct flow, old floodplains cut off by levees and dikes. National Geographic, 7 Nov. 2019 It was simply left off maps until a geomorphology professor flew from Broken Hill to Melbourne in 1967 and looked out the window. David Maurice Smith, Smithsonian, 23 Aug. 2019 The questions covered a wide swath of material, from the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution (physics), supercritical water (chemistry), dendritic drainage patterns (geomorphology) to prime factors (mathematics). Silvia Foster-frau, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Feb. 2018 From the small-scale processes of transporting/depositing sediment to the spectacular geomorphology present on the sea floor to the implications to studying Earth history. Brian Romans, WIRED, 5 Feb. 2007 See More

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First Known Use of geomorphology

1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Geomorphology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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