Rocks and Landforms

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Rock type and landform assemblages

  • A. J. GerrardAffiliated withDepartment of Geography, University of Birmingham

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Rock types might influence landform development to such an extent that distinctive landform assemblages could be associated with specific rocks. If this is the case rock types could be predicted simply from an analysis of landform assemblages such as are observable on aerial photographs or other means of remote sensing. Also, if specific assemblages are related to rock types, direct comparisons could enable the identification to be made of the rock properties responsible for the distinctiveness. A review of landform assemblages associated with the major rock types together with a brief summary of rock characteristics are now offered.