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Gondwana Landscapes in southern South America

Argentina, Uruguay and southern Brazil

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  • Provides a review of Gondwana Landscapes in southern South America, with over 100 field photographs and over 1,000 references, never compiled before
  • Offers special chapters in different regions of this part of the continent covering more than one million
  • Covers several geographical regions which have never been studied before in these fields, some of them totally unknown at the international level
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This book presents extensive and new information on the geomorphology of cratonic areas of southern South America. It includes valuable data relating to recurrent controversies in general geomorphology beyond the boundaries of South America and reveals the great need to integrate many different aspects of geomorphology in regional studies. With the focus on ancient landscapes and especially on planation surfaces it addresses the question of what processes could form such huge features, and how they can be preserved for so long. Many of the papers include maps of planation surfaces or other geomorphic units. The volume brings together an up-to-date, state-of-the-art collection of information on South American geomorphology, and shows beyond doubt that geomorphology is on the same time scale as global tectonics, biological evolution and major climate change. Some of the papers describe ancient geomorphological features of areas that have never been studied or published before, while others describe regions which are totally unknown to the public. The scope of the book extends from tropical latitudes north of the Tropic of Capricorn, south to freezing Patagonia in the “roaring fifties”, more than 3,500 km from north to south. Including over one thousand citations from geological and geomorphological literature, this volume will serve as a starting point for a whole new phase of studies of the fascinating landscape history of southern South America.

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Laboratorio de Geomorfología y Cuaternario, CADIC-CONICET, Ushuaia, Argentina

    Jorge Rabassa

  • School of Earth and Environment, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

    Cliff Ollier

About the editors

Jorge O. Rabassa has obtained his PhD in Geology at the Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Museo, Universidad Nacional de La Plata. As of 1997, he teaches at the Facultad de Ciencias Económicas of the Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia-San Juan Bosco. He was a Director of the Postgraduate Field course on Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology of Tierra del Fuego from 2003 to 2006. He is a published author (journals, book chapters) and was the founder and head editor of the journal "Quaternary of South America & Antarctic Peninsula" from 1982 to 1999. He has a longstanding relationship with CADIC-CONICET, first acting as Investigador Independiente, then Investigador Principal and currently Investigador Superior.

Cliff Ollier is a geologist, geomorphologist, soil scientist, emeritus professor and honorary research fellow, at the School of Earth and Environment, University of Western Australia. He was formerly at Australian National University, University of New England, Canberra University, University of Papua New Guinea, and University of Melbourne. Throughout his career he was a prolific author, with ten books (translated into four languages) and over 300 papers.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Gondwana Landscapes in southern South America

  • Book Subtitle: Argentina, Uruguay and southern Brazil

  • Editors: Jorge Rabassa, Cliff Ollier

  • Series Title: Springer Earth System Sciences

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Dordrecht

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-94-007-7701-9Published: 30 April 2014

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-94-024-0093-9Published: 03 September 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-94-007-7702-6Published: 11 April 2014

  • Series ISSN: 2197-9596

  • Series E-ISSN: 2197-960X

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXVI, 545

  • Number of Illustrations: 102 b/w illustrations, 211 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Earth System Sciences, Physical Geography, Geoecology/Natural Processes

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