The Earth Dynamic Surface

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The Earth’s Dynamic Surface

The Earth’s Dynamic Surface is a trend setter book on Geology, Earth Sciences and Geomorphology. Though many books have been written on the subject, and Savindra Singh’s book being one of them which has been completely traditional. This book incorporates the traditional, as well as modern concepts, which could be comprehensive yet fundamental and which could be useful for Earth Science, Geology, Geography as well as non-Geography students.

The Earth’s Dynamic Surface attempts to answer some of the most fundamental questions of Geomorphology in a language that 21st century demands. It departs from traditional books in that it is most upto date in its presentation of facts and eliminates many obsolete concepts. In a sense this book is more scientifically produced than any other book on Geomorphology previously written in India. Still, throughout the book, the link with the basics and the fundamentals has been maintained.

The book has been completely designed. The layout and make-up of the pages is such that students belonging to different categories can use it alike. Essential scientific models, concepts and terms (particularly for deeper knowledge of the subject) are explained in boxed sections which are separated from the text in order to facilitate the use of the book with wide academic background and interest.

Contents of the Book

 Section—A: Introduction

  1. Basic Concepts

Section—B: The Earth

2.  Rocks

  • Igneous
  • Sedimentary
  • Metamorphic

3. Interior of the Earth

4 .  The Crust

  • Continental Crust
  • Oceanic Crust
  • Origin and Evolution of the Earth’s Crust
  • Continental and Oceanic Crust: A comparison

Section-C: Endogenetic Processes and Landforms

5. Earth Movements

6. Continental Drift

  • Wegener’s Theory
  • Palaeomagnetism
  • Sea Floor Spreading

7. Plate Tectonics

Plate Movement



Plate Tectonics and Crustal Features

8. Volcanism


Magma Generation

Intrusive Features

Extrusive Features

  1. Earthquakes
  2. Tsunami
  3. Orogeny (Mountain Building)

Section-D: Exogenic Processes and Landforms

  1. Denudation




  1. Fluvial Landforms

Characteristics of River

Erosional Landforms

Depositional Landforms

  1. Channel Morphology
  2. Ground Water and Geohydrology
  3. Karst Landforms

Factors Favouring Karst Development

Erosional Features

Depositional Features

  1. Marine Landforms

Erosional Features

Depositional Features

  1. Aeolian Landforms

Origin of Sand

Erosional Features

Depositional Features

  1. Glacial Landforms

Movement of Glaciers

Erosional Features

Depositional Features

  1. Periglacial Landforms

Periglacial Processess

Periglacial Features

  1. Erosion Surfaces

Section-E: Endogenic—Exogenic Interaction

  1. Geomorphic Cycles

Views of Davis

Views of Penck

Davis and Penck: A comparison

Views of King

  1. Slope Development
  2. Denudation Chronology
  3. Rejuvenated Landforms

Causes of Rejuvenation

Features Produced by Rejuvenation

26      Eustatic Changes


  1. Economic Geology
  2. Applied Geomorphology


Appendix-I           — Geological Period

Appendix-II          — Basic Facts on Earth

Appendix-III         — Theories in Geomorphology

Appendix-IV        — Glossary


This is the only Indian publication by Indian author to have a glossary of terms. For its high quality, the book has been reviewed, approved and recommended by NATIONAL BOOK TRUST, Govt of India

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