Landscapes and Landforms of Namibia

Author: Andrew Goudie,Heather Viles

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 940178020X

Category: Science

Page: 173

View: 5883

The landscapes of Namibia are of world-class quality in beauty, diversity and interest. This book provides the first ever overview of the most important of these landscapes, explains why they look as they do, and evaluates why they are of note. Writing from a geomorphological perspective, the authors introduce the key processes and controls which influence landscape and landform development in Namibia. Geological and tectonic background, climate now and in the past, vegetation and animals (including humans) are all identified as crucial factors influencing the landscape of Namibia today. The book presents twenty one richly-illustrated case studies of the most significant landscapes of Namibia, ranging from the iconic Etosha Pan at the heart of the biggest wildlife conservation area in the north, to the famous dunes and ephemeral river at Sossus Vlei in the heart of the Namib desert. Each case study also contains a full list of the key references to the scientific work on that landscape. The authors provide an assessment of the current state of conservation of these landscapes, and their importance to tourism. The book is recommended reading for anyone with a professional or amateur interest in the spectacular and intriguing landscapes of this part of southern Africa. It provides a useful handbook for those travelling around Namibia, and an invaluable reference guide for those interested in how landscapes develop and change.

Landscapes and Landforms of South Africa

Author: Stefan Grab,Jasper Knight

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319035606

Category: Science

Page: 187

View: 1699

This book presents a beautifully illustrated overview of the most prominent landscapes of South Africa and the distinctive landforms associated with them. It describes the processes, origins and the environmental significance of those landscapes, including their relationships to human activity of the past and present. The sites described in this book include, amongst others, the Blyde River Canyon, Augrabies Falls, Kruger National Park, Kalahari desert landscapes, the Great Escarpment, Sterkfontein caves and karst system, Table Mountain, Cape winelands, coastal dunes, rocky coasts, Boer War battlefield sites, and Vredefort impact structure. Landscapes and Landforms of South Africa provides a new perspective on South Africa’s scenic landscapes by considering their diversity, long and short term histories, and importance for geoconservation and geotourism. This book will be relevant to those interested in the geology, physical geography and history of South Africa, climate change and landscape tourism.

Geomorphological Landscapes of the World

Author: Piotr Migon

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789048130559

Category: Science

Page: 375

View: 540

Physical landscapes are one of the most fascinating facets of our Planet, which tell stories about the evolution of the surface of the Earth. This book provides up-to-date information about the geomorphology of the selected ‘classic’ sites from around the world and shows the variety of geomorphological landscapes as moulded by different sets of processes acting over different timescales, from millions of years to days. The volume is written by nearly fifty geomorphologists from more than twenty countries who for many years have researched some of the unique sceneries on the planet. The thirty six chapters present each continent of the world. They describe landscapes of different origin, so that the reader can learn about the complexity of processes behind the sceneries. This is a useful reference book, linking geomorphology with global initiatives focused on nature conservation.

Geological Wonders of Namibia

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781775842941

Category: Geology

Page: 160

View: 4788

This stunning depiction of geology in Namibia combines searingly beautiful photography with clear explanations of how the varied landscapes formed. Arranged chronologically (starting 13.8 billion years ago), the chapters each deal with a particular event or process that has resulted in the formation under discussion. These include the early beginnings of the Earth, meteorites, canyons and limestone caves, vast desert landscapes, moonscapes and bizarrely-shaped rocks, and Namibia's astonishing underwater lakes and reservoirs. Picture-driven, with accessible text, this book features all the highlights of Namibian landscapes and landforms. A treat for travellers real and virtual - those on the road as well as those in armchairs.

African Landscapes

Interdisciplinary Approaches

Author: Michael Bollig,Olaf Bubenzer

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780387786827

Category: Social Science

Page: 515

View: 3797

Landscape studies provide a crucial perspective into the interaction between humans and their environment, shedding insight on social, cultural, and economic topics. The research explores both the way that natural processes have affected the development of culture and society, as well as the ways that natural landscapes themselves are the product of historical and cultural processes. Most previous studies of the landscape selectively focused on either the natural sciences or the social sciences, but the research presented in African Landscapes bridges that gap. This work is unique in its interdisciplinary scope. Over the past twelve years, the contributors to this volume have participated in the collaborative research center ACACIA (Arid Climate Adaptation and Cultural Innovation in Africa), which deals with the relationship between cultural processes and ecological dynamics in Africa’s arid areas. The case studies presented here come from mainly Sahara/Sahel and southwestern Africa, and are all linked to broader discussions on the concept of landscape, and themes of cultural, anthropological, geographical, botanical, sociological, and archaeological interest. The contributions in this work are enhanced by full color photographs that put the discussion in context visually.

Camping in Namibia

Tipps und Tricks für Selbstfahrerreisen im südlichen Afrika

Author: Bernhard Vogt

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783947164011


Page: 367

View: 9267


Geographie für eine Welt im Wandel

57. Deutscher Geographentag 2009 in Wien

Author: Heinz Fassmann,Thomas Glade

Publisher: V&R unipress GmbH

ISBN: 3899719123

Category: Social Science

Page: 412

View: 4750

What is modern scientific geography concerned with today? This volume discusses selected themes in physical and human geography, methodological approaches, societal significance and teaching methods. The 19 chapters include general themes such as contributions on locations, mobility and planning, articles on mountain areas, climate change and ecological issues. Finally, didactic and methodological questions are addressed. The volume seeks to inform, discuss and further develop the latest relevant research findings. It addresses scientific geography, applied and practical geography (in regional planning and development, location development, town planning, cartography, geo computer science) as well as school teachers. The book is the result of the 57th German Geographers' Congress held in Vienna in 2009.

101 Namibia - Reiseführer von Iwanowski

Die schönsten Reiseziele, Lodges und Gästefarmen

Author: Michael Iwanowski

Publisher: Iwanowski's Reisebuchverlag

ISBN: 3864572029

Category: Travel

Page: 252

View: 5564

Namibia ist ein ideales Reiseland für Afrika-Liebhaber und solche, die es werden wollen: Die außergewöhnliche Natur und nahezu unendliche Weite in Kombination mit bequemen Direktflügen, geringer Zeitverschiebung, einem gesunden Hochlandklima sowie vielseitigen und guten Unterkunftsmöglichkeiten locken immer mehr Urlauber an. In "101 Namibia" stellt der Namibia-Experte Michael Iwanowski ein abwechslungsreiches Reise-Mosaik zusammen: Auf jeweils einer Doppelseite werden 101 bekannte und weniger bekannte Ziele aus den Kategorien Landschaft und Natur, Tiere und Pflanzen, Menschen und Kultur sowie Safaris vorgestellt. Der Schwerpunkt liegt auf der Beschreibung der rund 60 schönsten Lodges und Gästefarmen, die an sich oft schon eine Reise wert sind. Die Auswahl spiegelt die Fülle der Möglichkeiten und erhebt keinen Anspruch auf Vollständigkeit. Auch organisatorische Fragen wie Anreise, Reisezeit, Mietwagen, Gesundheitsvorsorge, Camping und Sicherheit werden beantwortet. Ein weiteres Thema sind die Vor- und Nachteile von Selbstfahrertouren und Gruppensafaris.


Ein Juan-Cabrillo-Roman

Author: Clive Cussler,Jack DuBrul

Publisher: Blanvalet Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 364115197X

Category: Fiction

Page: 608

View: 3865

Juan Cabrillo und die Crew des Sondereinsatzschiffs Oregon retten die schöne Sloane Macintyre vor Piraten – und erfahren durch sie von einem unermesslichen Diamantenschatz. Wenig später wird Cabrillo von riesigen metallenen Schlangen berichtet, die das Meer genau dort unsicher machen, wo der Schatz zu bergen sein soll. Ihm bleibt kaum eine Wahl – er begibt sich auf Schlangenjagd!

Landforms and Geology of Granite Terrains

Author: Charles Rowland Twidale,Juan Ramón Vidal Romani

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781439833704

Category: Science

Page: 354

View: 2605

Granite is exposed over more than 15% of the continents, implying that its significance to the Earth’s surface is comparable to that of the carbonates. Landforms and Geology of Granite Terrains is devoted to this phenomenon and provides a comprehensive explanation of the landforms and landscapes developed on granitic rocks and forms. Whereas existing literature in the field predominantly deals with karst landscapes, this book is specifically focussed on granitic terrains. Landforms and Geology of Granite Terrains provides detailed considerations of the forms, major and minor, well-known and not so familiar granitic terrains, developed over large areas of the continents. It comprises interpretations which are of general significance in the analysis and understanding of the landscape and includes many theories in the context of granite landforms. The importance of structure, including crystal stresses, and the value of etching of subsurface initiation, multi-stages or two-stages development, neotectonic forms, solution forms is emphasized as well as the antiquity of some forms and surfaces (inherited forms). Morphogenetic forms are placed in perspective and comparison is made with similar forms in other rock types. This work is intended for geologists, geomorphologists, geographers and mining engineers and can serve both as a practical guide for professionals and as a textbook for university courses. Author, location and subject indices are included.

Systemtheorie in der Geomorphologie

Problemfelder, erkenntnistheoretische Konsequenzen und praktische Implikationen

Author: Kirsten von Elverfeldt

Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag Wiesbaden gmbh

ISBN: 9783515101318

Category: Social Science

Page: 168

View: 9964

German description: Benötigen wir fuer eine erfolgreiche Erforschung geomorphologischer Prozesse und Formen ueberhaupt Theorie? Sind potentiell gefährliche Prozesse wie Hangrutschungen nicht ganz offensichtlich vorhanden? Diese Fragen nach den theoretischen Grundannahmen der eigenen Disziplin beruehren das Selbstverständnis der Geomorphologie, deren Vertretern oftmals eine ausgeprägte Theorie-Abneigung nachgesagt wird. Wie aber steht es um eine Wissenschaft, in der theoretische Arbeiten die Ausnahme sind? Kann die Geomorphologie nicht letztlich sogar von einer verstärkten Auseinandersetzung mit ihren theoretischen Grundlagen profitieren? Der theoretische Rahmen fuer geomorphologische Arbeiten wird nicht nur erweitert, sondern neu abgesteckt und vor allem auch interdisziplinär anschlussfähig gemacht. Mehrfach ausgezeichnet mit: Dissertationspreis des Jahres 2010 des Deutschen Arbeitskreises fuer Geomorphologie der DGfG, Hans Bobek-Preis der Ã_sterreichischen Geographischen Gesellschaft (Ã_GG) 2010 und Springer Theses Prize im Jahr 2011.


Mit Mozart und den Buschleuten in der Namib

Author: Erika von Wietersheim

Publisher: Palmato Publishing GmbH & Company KG

ISBN: 3946205224

Category: Travel

Page: 136

View: 1976

Hape Kerkeling sagte einfach: Ich bin dann mal weg, als er einen Monat durch Spanien pilgerte, auf dem Jakobsweg. Dasselbe sage ich jetzt auch, obwohl ich nicht wandern, sondern an einem Ort bleiben werde. Auf einer Farm in einer menschenleeren Landschaft, in der Nähe des Wüstendorfes Aus, 750 Kilometer südlich von Windhoek. Aus-Zeit. Kein Refugium, kein Martyrium, nur raus aus dem gewohnten Trott und mich einer neuen Erfahrung an einem unbekannten Ort stellen. Der Erfahrung, vier Wochen lang meine Tage zu füllen mit mir selbst, den Geschichten, die ich schreiben will, und dem, was mir in dieser Landschaft begegnen wird .... Um die Lebens- und Liebesgeschichte ihrer Eltern zu schreiben, zieht sich Erika von Wietersheim in die Namib zurück. Dort erlebt sie mit allen Sinnen die Stille und Unberührtheit der Gegend und nimmt uns mit auf eine poetische Reise in die Natur, die Vergangenheit und -nicht zuletzt - zum eigenen Ich. Aus-Zeit ist eine Liebeserklärung an die Wüste, die Einsamkeit und die Überlieferungen der Ureinwohner, die man immer wieder lesen möchte. Leser, die das Buch "Nur 24 Zeilen. Eine wahre Geschichte über den Krieg, die Liebe und den langen Weg zurück nach Afrika" gelesen haben, werden dieses "Making of" des Buches genießen. Außerdem alle, die Namibia lieben, das Land bereist haben oder bereisen wollen. Aber auch Leser, die sich mit innerer Einkehr beschäftigen oder sich eine solche wünschen - wie zum Beispiel einmal den Jakobsweg zu pilgern, können mit dieser Geschichte eine kleine literarische AUS-ZEIT in der Wüste Namib erleben.

Great Warm Deserts of the World

Landscapes and Evolution

Author: Andrew Goudie

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780199245154

Category: Science

Page: 444

View: 4704

This is the first-ever regional study of the geomorphology of the world's deserts, demonstrating why different deserts have special landscape features and land-forming processes. It explains the climatic and tectonic history of deserts, showing how the histories of the deserts have been long and complex, and how they have responded to global changes in climate, particularly over the course of the last few millions of years. Each of the major warm deserts of the world is treated in detail, and the book is extensively illustrated with numerous plates and figures. A large and comprehensive bibliography provides a guide to the international literature.

African Palaeoenvironments and Geomorphic Landscape Evolution

Palaeoecology of Africa Vol. 30, An International Yearbook of Landscape Evolution and Palaeoenvironments

Author: Jürgen Runge

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 0203845277

Category: Nature

Page: 332

View: 6601

This 30st jubilee volume (2010) of "Palaeoecology of Africa" looks back and reflects the "state of the art" of what is actually known on former African climates and ecosystems in the format of review articles authored by specialists in the field. New research articles on climate and ecosystem dynamics as well as applied topics on geomorphic hazards and future environmental trends in Africa are included. This book will be of interest to all concerned with ecosystems dynamics, tropical forests, savannahs, deserts and related development problems of third world countries, especially ecologists, botanists, earth scientists (e.g. Quaternary and recent climate change), regional planners. It will also be valuable for advanced undergraduates and postgraduates as a reference for review and overview articles as well as a source of information for new original manuscripts and reviews on the state of the art of long term and Quaternary and Holocene landscape evolution esp. in subsaharan Africa. Palaeobotanists, Palynologists and Quaternarists will equally find this edition useful for their work.

Einführung in die Geomorphologie

Author: Frank Ahnert

Publisher: UTB

ISBN: 3825281035

Category: Science

Page: 393

View: 8723

Das Buch erklärt die Oberflächenformen der Erde als Resultat der Prozesse ihrer Entstehung und Veränderung. Vielfältige funktionale Rückkopplungen zwischen Formen, Prozessen, geologischer Struktur und Gesteinsmaterial steuern dabei die Entwicklung geomorphologischer Systeme in allen Größenordnungen. Ergebnisse der empirischen Geländeforschung werden mit theoretischen Modellen der Formenentwicklung verknüpft. Die vorliegende vierte Auflage ist überarbeitet und aktualisiert. Aus dem Inhalt: • endogene und exogene Prozessresponssysteme • Gesteinsarten und Verwitterung • Denudation und Hangentwicklung • fluviale Formenentwicklung • Zusammenwirken von Flussarbeit und Hangentwicklung • Rumpfflächen, Pedimente und Inselberge • strukturbedingte Landformen • vulkanische Landformen • Karstformen • das glaziale System • das litorale System

Granite Landforms

Author: C.R. Twidale

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 0444597646

Category: Science

Page: 397

View: 8896

Granite Landforms provides a systematic, coherent, and comprehensive account and analysis of granite landforms. It examines granite forms and their genesis; the morphology of granite exposures; the nature of the materials from which granitic rocks have evolved; and the weathering processes near the Earth’s surface. It also describes major landforms and assemblages, as well as the minor features that have evolved on the major hosts. Organized into four parts encompassing 12 chapters, this book begins with an overview of granite, including their characteristics, occurrences, and composition. It then discusses the factors that influence the weathering of granitic rocks and considers boulders and inselbergs, the all-slopes topography in granite, granite plains and rock basins, granite forms associated with steep slopes, and scarp foot depressions. The reader is also introduced to the piedmont angle, grooves or flutings, caves and tafoni, split rocks, cracked blocks and plates, and the role of climate in the development of landforms on granitic outcrops. Geologists, geomorphologists, geology students, and anyone interested in geology will find this book extremely useful.

Die Völker Namibias

Author: Johan S. Malan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783933117106

Category: Ethnology

Page: 159

View: 1873