As noted in the Introduction, the structural (tectonic) background plays a fundamental role in landscape genesis, particularly with regard to the predesign of features later affected by exogenic agents. This background is the consequence of endogenetic processes which produce stresses in the rocks forming the surface of the earth. The response of the rocks to these stresses is by undergoing deformations. These may either be continuous (Figs. 3.11 to 3.14) or discontinuous (Figs. 3.21 to 3.23).
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- Structural background
Prof. Dr. Adrian E. Scheidegger
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