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1893, from geo- + morphology. Form geomorphy is from 1889. Related: Geomorphological; geomorphologically; geomorphologist.


n. The study of landforms, their classification, origin, development, and history.


n. the branch of geology that studies the characteristics and configuration and evolution of rocks and land forms [syn: morphology]


Geomorphology (from Greek: γῆ, , "earth"; μορφή, morphḗ, "form"; and λόγος, lógos, "study") is the scientific study of the origin and evolution of topographic and bathymetric features created by physical, chemical or biological processes operating at or near the Earth's surface. Geomorphologists seek to understand why landscapes look the way they do, to understand landform history and dynamics and to predict changes through a combination of field observations, physical experiments and numerical modeling. Geomorphologists work within disciplines such as physical geography, geology, geodesy, engineering geology, archaeology and geotechnical engineering. This broad base of interests contributes to many research styles and interests within the field.

Geomorphology (journal)

Geomorphology is a peer-reviewed scientific journal about geomorphology.

Usage examples of "geomorphology".

This region of southern Europe has one of the more complex geomorphologies of the planet.

Besides, from the geomorphology, this terrace must be about fifteen thousand years old.

He would have examined the surface of O-Zone, and being Fizzy, he would have kept a log of what he sawnot only temperatures and elevations, but the pattern of variation and the whole geomorphology of the area.