(Article of periodic en Allemand - 1979)

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Zur Begriffsbestimmung und Aufgabenstellung der Morphotechnik als Teilaspekt der Geomorphologie. (Définition et problème de la morphotectonique comme aspect spécifique de la géomorphologie)

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The present paper is an attempt to define the term "morphotectonics". In contrast to the term "structural tectonics", this term should: 1. comprise all kinds of crust movements that have resulted into the formation of both major and minor forms of the earth's relief or have changed the letter| 2. denote that part of geomorphology which covers the formation of surface forms through crust movements (with "tectonic geomorphology" as a synonym). Thus, the term "morphotectonics" is similar to the term "active morphostructure" used in Soviet geomorphology rather than "neotectonics" because the latter is confined to those kinds of crust movements that result into surface forms and also extends beyond the Neogene to the Paleogene and the early Mesozoics. The science of morphotectonics should investigate and categorize all surface forms brought about by crust movements. In addition, the movements themselves should be included in the research and be seen in connection with and integrated into geological and geophysical studies of geotectonics processes.


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published at : Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift der Pädagogischen Hochschule "Karl Liebknecht" Potsdam

Editor :

Millesime : 1979, vol. 23, no3 [pp. 409-414]



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