Geomorphology

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Cono de Arita, a stratovolcano in Salta (Argentina)

Geomorphology [1] is the scientific study of landforms and the processes that shape them.

More broadly, it studies the evolution of the topography of a planet. Geomorphologists seek to understand why landscapes look the way they do, to understand landform history and dynamics, and to predict future changes. They use a combination of field observation, physical experiment, and numerical modeling.

Geomorphology is part of geography, geology, geodesy, engineering geology and archaeology. This range of interests leads to a wide variety of research styles and interests in the field.

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  1. from Greek: γῆ, ge, "earth"; μορφή, morfé, "form"; and λόγος, logos, "study"