(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1989)

Document title

Concepts of equilibrium and evolution in geomorphology : the model of branch systems

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)



The objectives of this paper are : 1) to review the definition and use of equilibrium concepts in geomorphology| 2) to examine how concepts of system evolution and historical constraint have been incorporated into geomorphology| 3) to discuss how problems of causality, arising from differing spatial and temporal scales of study, have been incorporated into geomorphic understanding of systems. The final objective is : 4) to suggest a general conceptual model, based on recent thermodynamic concepts of equilibrium and evolution, which will integrate, and hence provide a perspective on historical and non-historical views of geomorphic systems


Article of periodic

published at : Progress in physical geography / ISSN 0309-1333 / CODEN PPGEEC

Editor : Sage Publications, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1977)

Millesime : 1989, vol. 13, no1 [pp. 47-66]

Bibliographic references : 56 réf.




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INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 14648 A

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