Landscapes and Landforms of Western Canada

  • Olav Slaymaker

Part of the World Geomorphological Landscapes book series (WGLC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction to the Geomorphological Landscapes of Western Canada

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Olav Slaymaker, Dori J. Kovanen
      Pages 3-26
    3. Olav Slaymaker, Dori J. Kovanen
      Pages 27-48
    4. Olav Slaymaker, Dori J. Kovanen
      Pages 49-73
  3. Case Studies of Periglacial, Aeolian, Fluvial, Glacial, Karst, Coastal and Anthropogenic Landscapes and Landforms Under the Influence of Geological Structure, Climate, and Land Use/Land Cover

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Stephen A. Wolfe, Daniel E. Kerr, Peter D. Morse
      Pages 77-86
    3. Stephen A. Wolfe, Peter D. Morse, Steve V. Kokelj, Adrian J. Gaanderse
      Pages 87-96
    4. Hugh M. French
      Pages 97-108
    5. Steven V. Kokelj, Jon F. Tunnicliffe, Denis Lacelle
      Pages 109-122
    6. Lionel E. Jackson Jr.
      Pages 157-165
    7. Stephen A. Wolfe
      Pages 167-176
    8. Brian Henry Luckman
      Pages 241-255
    9. Pascale Roy-Léveillée, Christopher R. Burn
      Pages 267-276
    10. Tracy A. Brennand, Andrew J. Perkins
      Pages 277-290
    11. Alexandre Bevington, John J. Clague, Thomas Millard, Ian J. Walker, Marten Geertsema
      Pages 291-302
    12. Olav Slaymaker, John J. Clague, Robert Gilbert, Pierre A. Friele, Peter Jordan, Brian Menounos et al.
      Pages 303-320
    13. Marten Geertsema, David M. Cruden, John J. Clague
      Pages 349-361
    14. Dori J. Kovanen, Olav Slaymaker
      Pages 363-380
    15. Michael Church
      Pages 381-393
    16. Nigel Atkinson
      Pages 395-410
  4. The Intrinsic Value of Our Geomorphological Heritage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 411-411
    2. Olav Slaymaker, Norm Catto, Dori J. Kovanen
      Pages 413-435

About this book


This is the only book to focus on the geomorphological landscapes of Canada West. It outlines the little-appreciated diversity of Canada’s landscapes, and the nature of the geomorphological landscape, which deserves wider publicity. Three of the most important geomorphological facts related to Canada are that 90% of its total area emerged from ice-sheet cover relatively recently, from a geological perspective; permafrost underlies 50% of its landmass and the country enjoys the benefits of having three oceans as its borders: the Arctic, Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Canada West is a land of extreme contrasts — from the rugged Cordillera to the wide open spaces of the Prairies; from the humid west-coast forests to the semi-desert in the interior of British Columbia and from the vast Mackenzie river system of the to small, steep, cascading streams on Vancouver Island. The thickest Canadian permafrost is found in the Yukon and extensive areas of the Cordillera are underlain by sporadic permafrost side-by-side with the never-glaciated plateaus of the Yukon. One of the curiosities of Canada West is the presence of volcanic landforms, extruded through the ice cover of the late Pleistocene and Holocene epochs, which have also left a strong imprint on the landscape. The Mackenzie and Fraser deltas provide the contrast of large river deltas, debouching respectively into the Arctic and Pacific oceans.


Geomorphology Glaciation Landscape Natural Hazards Natural Heritage

Editors and affiliations

  • Olav Slaymaker
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeographyThe University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-44593-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-44595-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2213-2090
  • Series Online ISSN 2213-2104
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