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