Landscapes and Landforms of South Africa


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Landscapes and Landforms of South Africa Editors: Stefan Grab, Jasper Knight Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Springer International Publishing AG Pages: 187 Illustrations and other contents: 3 Tables, black and white; 106 Illustrations, color; 13 Illustrations, black and white; XIII, 187 p. 119 illus., 106 illus. in color. Language: English ISBN: 9783319035598 Category:

This book presents a beautifully illustrated overview of the most prominent landscapes of South Africa and the distinctive landforms associated with them. It describes the processes, origins and the environmental significance of those landscapes, including their relationships to human activity of the past and present. The sites described in this book include, amongst others, the Blyde River Canyon, Augrabies Falls, Kruger National Park, Kalahari desert landscapes, the Great Escarpment, Sterkfontein caves and karst system, Table Mountain, Cape winelands, coastal dunes, rocky coasts, Boer War battlefield sites, and Vredefort impact structure. Landscapes and Landforms of South Africa provides a new perspective on South Africa’s scenic landscapes by considering their diversity, long and short term histories, and importance for geoconservation and geotourism. This book will be relevant to those interested in the geology, physical geography and history of South Africa, climate change and landscape tourism.

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"The book provides excellent summaries of classic regions all around South Africa and is lavishly illustrated throughout with excellent full-color maps and images. ... Summing Up: Recommended. All academic and professional library collections." (B. M. Simonson, Choice, Vol. 53 (6), February, 2016)

Author Biography

The author is an Associate Professor in Physical Geography at the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies of the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He was awarded his Ph.D. from the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg in 1998. Dr. Grab is a member of the South African Society for Quaternary Research, of the South African Society for Quaternary Research and of the Southern African Geographical Society. He works as a book review editor for The South African Geographical Journal.