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History of Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology

Product Code: SP301
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by R H Grapes, D R Oldroyd and A Grigelis
Publication Date: 15 August 2008
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Special Publication 301

This book deals with various interesting aspects of the histories of geomorphology and Quaternary geology in different parts of the world. The papers cover a range of topics: the origin of the term ‘Quaternary’, histories of ideas and debates relating to aspects of fluvial geomorphology (USA and Australia), glacial geomorphology and glaciation (Northern Europe, the Baltic countries, Russia, Iceland, and New Zealand), desert dunes and the geology of Australia, peneplains in China, a palaeo-Tokyo Bay in Japan, together with biographies of Charles Cotton (New Zealand), Valerija Čepulytė (Lithuania) and Česlovas Pakuckas (Lithuania and Poland) that highlight their respective contributions to the disciplines of geomorphology and Quaternary geology. There is an autobiographical contribution from E. E. Milanovsky (Russia) on his work in Siberia, the Caucasus and Iceland, illustrated by his sketches made in the field.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-255-2
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-255-7
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 344
Weight: 0.97 kg



  • Contributions to the history of geomorphology and Quaternary geology: an introduction, D R Oldroyd & R H Grapes
  • Questions of periodization and Adolphe von Morlot’s contribution to the term and the concept ‘Quaternär’ (1854), M Klemun
  • The Spokane Flood debates: historical background and philosophical perspective, V R Baker
  • Pleistocene pluvial lakes of the American West: a short history of research, A R Orme
  • Evolution of the theory of continental glaciation in northern and eastern Europe, A Raukas
  • Origin and development of ideas on Pliocene and Quaternary glaciations in northern and eastern Europe, Iceland, Caucasus and Siberia, E E Milanovsky
  • Piotr Alekseevich Kropotkin and his monograph Researches on the Glacial Period (1876), T K Ivanova & V A Markin
  • Quaternary research in the Baltic countries, A Gaigalas
  • Česlovas Pakuckas (or Czesław Pachucki): pioneer of modern glaciomorphology in Lithuania and Poland, A Gaigalas, M Graniczny, J Satknas & H Urban
  • Valerija Čepulyte˙ (1904–1987) and her studies of the Quaternary formations in Lithuania, O Kondratienė & M Stančikaitė
  • Early ideas about erratic boulders and glacial phenomena in The Netherlands, F R Van Veen
  • Planation surfaces in China: one hundred years of investigation, K Zhang
  • The Palaeo-Tokyo Bay concept, M Yajima
  • Australia – a Cenozoic history, D Branagan
  • The study of desert dunes in Australia, C R Twidale
  • Griffith Taylor, Ernest Andrews et al.: early ideas on the development of the river systems of the Sydney region, eastern Australia, and subsequent ideas on the associated geomorphological problems, D R Oldroyd
  • Early geological investigations of the Pleistocene Tamala Limestone, Western Australia, W Mayer
  • Sir Charles Cotton (1885–1970): international geomorphologist, R H Grapes
  • George Leslie Adkin (1888–1964): glaciation and earth movements in the Tararua Range, North Island, New Zealand, M S Brook


T. J. A. Reijers

Opens views to areas sometimes overlooked and is a useful compilation. In particular Eastern European geology, usually published in languages that are not easily accessible for many western geologists, is well represented with interesting papers. Historical aspects of explorers geology from the time the Western US was opened, and when Australia was investigated and discovered, and New Zealand rightfully called for attention, are worthwhile reminders of valuable work carried out in the past. All in all a book that thrills and opens new insights. Recommended.

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