Slope-Channel Coupling as a Factor in the Evolution of Mountains

The Western Carpathians and Sudetes

  • Małgorzata Wistuba

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Małgorzata Wistuba
    Pages 1-21
  3. Małgorzata Wistuba
    Pages 23-40
  4. Małgorzata Wistuba
    Pages 41-57
  5. Małgorzata Wistuba
    Pages 219-224

About this book


In this thesis, coupling between the delivery of slope material into valley floors and river erosion is considered to be a factor in the evolution of mid-altitude, forested mountains. Analyses of slope-channel interactions were made in ten small catchments with particular emphasis on landsliding-erosion feedback. An original, new dendrogeomorphic approach was applied to determine the cyclic occurrence of landsliding and erosion during recent decades. The results of dendrochronological studies show that the processes studied are strongly interdependent. Fluvial erosion can trigger landsliding by undermining slope bases. Landsliding can intensify erosion by delivering slope material into valley floors. The results of dendrochronological studies have permitted a better understanding of the relief observed in areas where landslides and erosion are coupled. A scheme was established  which describes the importance of coupling in the evolution of mid-mountain landscape.


Erosion Landscape Evolution Landslides Slope-channel Coupling Small Mid-mountain Catchments

Authors and affiliations

  • Małgorzata Wistuba
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Reconstructing Environmental ChangeUniversity of Silesia in Katowice Faculty of Earth SciencesSosnowiecPoland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-05818-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-05819-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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