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By Douglas W. Larson

Cliffs are found in nearly each kingdom in the world. the shortcoming of clinical curiosity in cliffs thus far is in impressive distinction to the commonness of cliffs all over the world and to the appeal cliffs have had for people all through historical past. Cliffs offer a different habitat, not often investigated from an ecological perspective. This e-book goals to break the effect of cliffs as geological constructions with out existence, via reviewing information regarding the geology, geomorphology, microclimate, plant life, and fauna of either sea and inland cliffs. For the 1st time, proof is gifted to signify that cliffs all over the world may well symbolize a useful kind of environment, inclusive of many of the least disturbed habitats in the world and contributing extra to the biodiversity of a quarter than their floor insurance could point out.

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7 Rapid rate of cliff recession and change in cliff profile for a mudstone cliff at Kohriyama, Japan, based on studies of Aramaki (1978). Taken from Sunamura (1992), and used with the permission of the author and John Wiley and Sons, Publishers. sections of exceptionally hard dolomitic limestone that was initially exposed by the movement of the Laurentide ice sheet, but subsequently reshaped by glacial Lake Algonquin and, later, Lake Nipissing. In some places, exposed cliffs composed of reef-forming organisms plunge to considerable depths and show no sign of current mass wasting (Tovell, 1992).

In some areas, the solubility of limestone is visible as pitted and highly weathered surfaces and in others as large cave systems formed below ground that are larger-scale, long-term products of the same process. 6 illustrates the influence of precipitation and temperature on the physical and chemical weathering of rock and can be extended to summarize the important aspects as they relate to the rate of cliff recession. Whereas it is true that not all rock types weather at the same rates, for any one of them the relations presented in Fig.

6 will still be correct. Therefore, Fig. 6 still applies to rock generally because most areas of the globe have mixtures of rocks of different composition and origin. Chemical weathering increases with increases in precipitation between 750 and 2500 mm per year, and also with increasing temperature. Physical weathering such as freeze–thaw activity becomes more important at lower temperatures. Sites with the combination of high rainfall and low temperature rarely exist on the surface of the earth.

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