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This second edition, like its predecessor, provides students with an integrated review of the basic knowledge and methods which form the foundation for advanced study. It also brings them information on the latest contributions to developments in the understanding of hillslopes. Since publication of the first edition, not only has knowledge advanced but an interdisciplinary approach to much of the research has become increasingly common and productive. These developments are reflected in this book by the threefold expansion of the bibliography and by the bringing together of the approaches and scientific knowledge from the contributing disciplines of geology, civil engineering, hydrology, soil science, ecology, and geomorphology
to produce a comprehensive text which makes possible an integrated understanding of hillslopes. Approximately seventy per cent of the text is new, with many new figures and plates, which has enabled Professor Selby to provide a more comprehensive introduction than in the first edition to the nature of chemical bonding, the properties of mineral particles and fabrics of weak rock, rheology of rock and soil, hillslope hydrology, hillslope stratigraphy, and landslide hazard investigation.
Readership: 2nd and 3rd year undergraduates studying applied geomorphology in departments of geography, soil or earth sciences, engineering geology. Academics in these fields.
M. J. Selby, Professor of Earth Sciences, University of Waikato, New Zealand
"`An excellent, comprehensive book.'
Dr R.J. Allison, University of Durham"
"`An excellent text on slope processes for second and third year undergraduates.'
Dr R.C. Young, Christ Church College"
"`an excellent text on hillslope processes'
R.J. Rice, University of Leicester"
"`This looks to be a most useful and extensive review and is most welcome.'
Dr T.P. Burt, University of Oxford"
"`Book provides a good introductory text to hillsides, and is much improved on the first edition in terms of detail.'
Dr C.R. Firth, West London Institute"
"`It provides an excellent integration of earth materials and processes - it would even be a good entry to the literature as soils and weathering - first rate in my view.'
Dr J.A. Holmes, Kingston University"
"`It is one of the few geomorphological texts which manages to integrate process and historical approaches in a global framework.'
Dr Mark G. Macklin, University of Newcastle"
"`Excellent on rock slopes and materials.'
Professor M. Kirby, University of Leeds"
David Eastaff, Salford University"
"`a well organised, authoritative textbook ... this superbly produced second edition deserves a place on the book shelves of all practising geomorphologists and on the library shelves of all higher education establishments with environmental interests'
B.S. Kear, University of Manchester"
"`A useful undergraduate text which will be relevant to our Geology courses.'
Dr W.B. Scott, University of Sunderland"
"`Comprehensive, clear and a useful emphasis on soils and soil-geomorphic relationships, well illustrated and good use of examples.'
Dr S. Ellis, University of Hull"
"`Excellent text, easy for the students to read. Good science basis for studies of slopes.'
Dr Lewis A. Owen, Royal Holloway, University of London"
"`This is an excellent update of a book which has become a set text for senior undergraduate courses in geomorphology, as well as for wider reference. Excellently illustrated, it combines fascinating material on chemistry, soil mechanics, hydrology and fluvial geomorphology.'
R.J. Chorley, University of Cambridge"
"`The book is up-to-date, well-illustrated and clearly written so that students can make full use of it.'
Dr Peter Coxon, Trinity College"
"`Delighted to see an updated version of what is a main text for a specialized area of our course.'
M.R. Bristow, University of Manchester"
"`comprehensive ... treatment of the subject area'
Dr Andrew Larce, University of Newcastle upon Tyne"
"`This is a very good text.'
R.D. Brown, University of Sheffield"
"`An excellent reference text ... Good blend theory, examples, text, illustrations and diagrammes.'
M.B. Sharp, University College Dublin"
"`This is a comprehensive text on hillslope processes. Excellent treatment of fundamental processes and mechanics, written in an accessible style. Sections on Moss Movement Processes are very good. Also useful on theory. Good illustrations.'
Donald Thompson, Royal Holloway, University of London"
"'This second edition has the same general purpose as the first one: to provide an integrated review of the basic knowledge and methods which form the foundation for advanced study and contributions to developments in the understanding of hillslopes.'
Bulletin of the International Society of Soil Science, No. 86, 1994/2"
"'The book covers the large and complex topic in a most comprehensive manner. It includes the main aspects of information on hillslopes, together with a very valuable and full set of references and other indications of where the reader can go for further information. A factor that distinguishes this work is the strongly interdisciplinary approach that permeates the text and is made explicit at the end of the book. This is of great value and is one which readers of whatever level will find thought-provoking, stimulating and rewarding ... this book is written in a clear, uncluttered English style that is easy to read and carries the reader forward from chapter to chapter.'
B.M. Hamilton, Liverpool University"
2: Particles and fabrics of soil and weak sediments
3: Stress, strain, and rheology of materials
4: Strength of earth materials
5: Properties of rock masses
6: Properties of soils
7: Weathering processes
8: Landforms from weathering, soils, and duricrusts
9: Hillslope stratigraphy and form
10: Water in soils and hillslope hydrology
11: Erosion of hillslopes by raindrops and flowing water
12: Mass wasting of soils
13: Flow failures on hillslopes
14: Rock slope processes
15: Models and hillslope development
16: Landslide hazards: avoidance and protection
17: Magnitudes and frequencies of erosional events
18: Rates of denudation and their implications