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Appalachian Geomorphology; An Annotated Bibliography

By Hugh H. Mills

Abstract

During the first several decades of the twentieth century, there was much interest in the geomorphology of the Appalachians. When concern with erosion cycles and long-term drainage evolution gave way to concern with processes and mechanics in the late 1940s, however, geomorphic research in the Appalachians dropped off precipitously. With the notable exception of John Hack, relatively little work in this area was carried out in the 1950s and 1960s. In the past decade, however, interest in the geomorphology of the Appalachian region has revived considerably. This annotated bibliography of 1,200 items is published in the hopes that it will both stimulate interest as well as facilitate research in the region. The area covered most thoroughly by the bibliography is the unglaciated Appalachian Highlands (i.e., the Piedmont, Blue Ridge, Valley and Ridge, and Appalachian Plateau provinces).

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    During the first several decades of the twentieth century, there was much interest in the geomorphology of the Appalachians. When con-cern with erosion cycles and long-term drainage evoldtion gave way to concern with processes and mechanics in the late 1940s, however, geomorphic research in the Appalachians dropped off precipitously. With the notable exception of John Hack, relatively little work in this area was carried out in the 1950s and 1960s. In the past decade, however, interest in the geomorphology of the Appalachian region has revived considerably. This annotated bibliography of 1,200 items is published in the hopes that it will both stimulate interest as well as facilitate research in the region.

    The area covered most thoroughly by the bibliography is the unglaciated Appalachian Highlands (i.e., the Piedmont, Blue Ridge, Valley and Ridge, and Appalachian Plateau provinces). Some articles from the northern Appalachians are included, but not those concerned primarily with glaciation.The Interior Low Plateau and the Ozark Plateaus are also covered, but in a less thorough manner. Papers from the Coastal Plain province that appear to bear on the geomorphology of the adjacent Piedmont province are included. For the most part, only papers that I was able to obtain to read, or at least inspect, are included. Only selected published abstracts are included, with emphasis on those abstracts for which no paper by the same author(s) dealing with the same subject has been published.

    In selecting papers for the bibliography, the criteria for appropriate papers were difficult to decide upon

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