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Cyclic and non-cyclic aspects of erosion

Nevin M. Fenneman
Cyclic and non-cyclic aspects of erosion
Bulletin of the Geological Society of America (February 1936) 47 (2): 173-186


Geology has always centered around an effort to decipher records. Until 50 years ago these records were almost exclusively those of the constructional processes, conspicuously those made by sedimentation. Erosion has always been a great destroyer of records. Down to the last half century it was scarcely thought of as offering any compensation by recording a history of its own. Within that time its records have been analyzed with increasing insight. They are made rapidly and in great abundance but always at the surface. Hence, they are much like characters written on wax tablets, always destroyed to make way for newer letters. Only occasionally is a tablet discarded and buried and the writing thus preserved. Such a record is an unconformity. Erosional history mentions relatively few large facts of early geologic date, but of recent events the account is very full, even more so than the parallel account written in . . .

ISSN: 1050-9747
Serial Title: Bulletin of the Geological Society of America
Serial Volume: 47
Serial Issue: 2
Title: Cyclic and non-cyclic aspects of erosion
Author(s): Fenneman, Nevin M.
Affiliation: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, United States
Pages: 173-186
Published: 19360229
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
References: 6
Accession Number: 2014-104654
Categories: Geomorphology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2019, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 201452
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