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Editors’ Note: This chapter was to have included a full-length discussion of the role of subsurface water in the geomorphology of cold regions, but for varying reasons a succession of invited authors were unable to provide a manuscript. Because we regard this subject as so important, affecting as it does some 20 percent of the Earth’s land surface, and because we believe that some discussion is better than none, we have assembled a brief overview of the several important roles that subsurface water plays in landform processes of cold regions, based in part on the text by Charles Sloan for the GSA Centennial Volume, Hydrogeology (Higgins and others, 1988), with additions from Troy Péwé (1982 Troy Péwé (1990), R.A.M. Schmidt (1966), David M. Hopkins (personal communication, 1989), and the late Robert Black (1976). Péwé, Schmidt, and Sloan have commented on and improved the text. It has further benefited from a careful review by J. Ross Mackay. Readers who wish to pursue the subject beyond this sketchy outline are urged to consult the more recent papers listed at the end of the chapter.

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