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Slopes: solute processes and landforms

Burt, Tim; Pinay, Gilles; Worrall, Fred; Howden, Nicholas

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Tim Burt

Gilles Pinay

Nicholas Howden


This chapter reviews research on solutes by fluvial geomorphologists in the period 1965–2000; growing links with biogeochemical research are emphasized later in the chapter. Brief reference is necessarily made to some research from before and after the study period. In relation to solutes, early research sought to relate short-term process observations to long-term landform evolution. However, very quickly, research moved into much more applied fields, less concerned with landforms and more concerned with biogeochemical processes. The drainage basin became the focus of research, with a wide range of interest including nutrient loss from agricultural and forested landscapes to dissolved organic carbon export from peatlands. In particular, the terrestrial–aquatic ecotone became a focus for research, emphasizing the distinctive processes operating in the riparian zone and their contribution to river-water protection from land-derived pollutants. By the end of the period, the scale and range of fluvial geomorphology had been greatly transformed from what it had been in 1965, providing a distinctive contribution to the broader field of biogeochemistry, as well as an ongoing contribution to the study of Earth surface processes and landforms.


Burt, T., Pinay, G., Worrall, F., & Howden, N. (2022). Slopes: solute processes and landforms. Memoirs, 58(1), 191-204.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 27, 2021
Online Publication Date Oct 14, 2022
Publication Date 2022
Deposit Date Apr 5, 2023
Publicly Available Date May 31, 2023
Journal Geological Society, London, Memoirs
Print ISSN 0435-4052
Electronic ISSN 2041-4722
Publisher The Geological Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 58
Issue 1
Pages 191-204


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