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Geomorphology is defined as the science of landforms with an emphasis on their origin, evolution, form, and distribution across the physical landscape. An understanding of geomorphology and its processes is therefore essential to the understanding of physical geography. Although the study of geomorphology has been around since ancient times, the first official geomorphologic model was proposed between and by the American geographer, William Morris Davis. His geomorphic cycle model was inspired by theories of uniformitarianism and attempted to theorize the development of various landform features. Davis's geomorphic cycle model says that a landscape undergoes a preliminary uplift that is paired with erosion the removal or wearing down of materials in that uplifted landscape. Within the same landscape, precipitation causes streams to flow more rapidly.
Relic is something that has survived decay or deterioration. Example of a relict landscape? As has been typical of many sciences in their infancy, early geomorphology focused on description rather than prediction and tended to approach its subject matter in a qualitative fashion. These discipline are listed viz. Weathering is the chemical and physical disruption of earth materials in place on exposure to atmospheric or near surface agents, and is typically studied by soil scientists and environmental chemists. It is done precisely to understand the complex nature of interaction between human activities and geomorphological processes and agents. Application Geohydrology Hazard management and mitigation Natural resource exploitation and management Regional planning Engineering works and construction activities Military geology Urban geomorphology.