RiverVariability and Complexity is an attempt by Stanley “Stan” Schumm to capitalize on his broad experience with alluvial rivers to sternly warn against overlooking the inherent heterogeneity of these rivers. No pretense is made concerning novelty; Schumm openly declares that the book draws on existing literature to illustrate “downstream variability in rivers”. Theory is avoided in favor of case studies concerning the effect of river change and diversity. Alluvial rivers from throughout the world are discussed but not compared. Instead, discussions focus on river anomalies arising with individual systems. This review addresses primarily the potential applications, depth, and troublesome...

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