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Slicing Pizzas, Racing Turtles, and Further Adventures in Applied Mathematics by Robert B. Banks

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How to Make Mountains out of Molehills

In the preceding chapter, in an introduction to the subject of geomorphology, the so-called hypsometric curve was defined and several examples were computed. So we ask the question: Why do geomorphologists study things like hypsometric curves and related topics? The following paragraphs may provide some answers.

Our Always-Changing Planet

Geomorphology deals with the characteristics, origins, and changes of land forms. The incredibly powerful forces of nature—aided and abetted by mankind these days—continually alter the topography and geography of our world. Rainfalls and snowfalls, floods, droughts, winds, tornadoes, hurricanes, typhoons, landslides, avalanches, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, forest ...

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