from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The study of the evolution and configuration of landforms.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The morphology of the earth; the study of the form of the earth's surface features and of their origin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the branch of geology that studies the characteristics and configuration and evolution of rocks and land forms


geo- +‎ morphology (Wiktionary)


  • Prof. Bierman is a specialist in "geomorphology" the study of landscape development and change.

    Creating, Managing & Pres. Dig. Assets: Landscape Change Program

  • There have been research projects including studies of the island ecosystems; the ecology of and conservation strategies for the fauna and flora; geomorphology and climate; and studies of introduced plant and animal species.

    Galápagos National Park & Galápagos Marine Resources Reserve, Ecuador

  • Together they will conserve a mixture of wildlife, habitats, geology and geomorphology," said a spokeswoman for the MCZ project."

    127 areas to be proposed as English marine conservation zones

  • Lori's primary research interests include aeolian geomorphology -- how wind shapes a planetary surface -- for both Mars and the Earth, recent and ongoing climate changes, and the mobility of wind-blown sand and dust.

    SETI Institute: Life at the SETI Institute: Lori Fenton -- Sand Seas of the Solar System

  • The geomorphology of back reefs vary depending on location and reef type; they can range from meters to kilometers in width.

    Coral reef zonation

  • His main research focus is on aeolian geomorphology, the movement of sediment by the wind and the resulting landforms produced.

    Contributor: Jeffrey A. Lee

  • The geomorphology of reefs largely reflects two main variables: relative sea level rise and the nature of the underlying substrate.

    Coral reef

  • Coral reefs everywhere grow by the same processes, but their geomorphology is shaped by the foundation on which they grow and sea level history.

    Coral reef

  • Most of these more specific classifications simply reflect the general shapes of the reefs – which may or may not reflect the geomorphology of the underlying substrate – and are not widely used.

    Coral reef

  • The management plan for the site includes a research component, addressing different natural features (climate, geomorphology, soils, vegetation and flora, wildlife).

    Península Valdés, Argentina

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