It was about three decades ago that Keith Whittles, now the proprietor of Whittles Publishing, was a commissioning editor for Blackie books. He had asked me to review a number of proposals for the Surrey University Press series of books. I suggested to him that there was a good possible title, but I was not qualified to write it, and that was a book on basic geomorphology for engineers. My mental picture of this incorporated one of Peter Fookes' block diagrams on the left page with a corresponding text on the right. A format similar to this was independently created...

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