Landforms and Landform Evolution in West Germany

Published in Connection with the Second International Conference on Geomorphology, Frankfurt a.M., September 3-9, 1989

Ed.: Frank Ahnert

1989. 347 pages, Catena ISBN 978-3-923381-18-0, US-ISBN 1-59326-223-X, numerous fig. and tab., 17x24cm, 1080 g
Language: English

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Few publications exist in English on the landforms in the Federal Republic of Germany. It is hoped that this book, which is published in connection with the Second International Conference on Geomorphology (Frankfurt am Main, 1989) fills, to some extent, that gap.
Following a general introduction, four papers describe and discuss the major land-form regions. They provide the background for the other papers and, in addition to covering basic factual information, also deal with major questions of landform development that have long been of particular interest to German geomorphologists. In the North German Lowlands, H. Liedtke discusses the chronology of the Pleistocene glaciations and the relationship between the age of glacial depositional landforms and their subsequent modification by non-glacial processes. In the Central Uplands north of the rivers Main and Nahe, W. Andres directs attention to the conflicting interpretations of the effects of tectonics and of past climates in the development of Tertiary planation surfaces and Quaternary river terraces. In the South German Scarplands, H. Bremer focuses on the role of structural and climatic controls in the long-term evolution of cuestas and valleys. K. Fischer discusses the effects of the complex nappe structure, of the lithology and of exogenic processes upon the landforms of the German Alps and the development of glacial, glaciofluvial and periglacial landforms in the Alpine Foreland. Most of the remaining papers are studies of smaller regions or local areas. Their sequence in this volume is arranged more or less regionally; their geographical locations are shown in fig.l (p.2). Several of these papers expand on themes in the general regional papers and examine, sometimes from differing points of view, particular aspects of landform development in detail. The wide variety of topics reflects in some measure the trends in geomorphological research in the Federal Republic.
A number of the papers deal with structural landforms and their relationship to planation surfaces. Two papers discuss Pleistocene glacial and glacio-fluvial landforms in type regions of particular interest. Karst and paleo-karst landforms and processes are investigated in three papers, Quaternary valley development and present-day sediment yields in several others. The relationships between geomorphology and hydrology, geoecology and soils are considered in papers on groundwater quality, interflow, soil formation, soil erosion and the diagnostic value of loess. A brief paper reviews the status of geomorphological mapping in the Federal Republic.

Table of Contents top ↑

1. Frank Ahnert
The major landform regions 1
2. Herbert Liedtke
The landforms in the north of the Federal Republic of Germany and
their development 11
3. Wolfgang Andres
The Central German Uplands 25
4. Hanna Bremer
On the geomorphology of the south German scarplands 45
5. Klaus Fischer
The landforms of the German Alps and the Alpine Foreland 69
6. Jürgen Hagedorn
Glacial and periglacial morphology of the Lüneburg Heath 85
7. Otto Fränzle
Landform development and soil structure of the northern Federal
Republic of Germany Their role in groundwater resources management 95
8. Hans-Joachim Pachur
Geoecological aspects of the Late Pleistocene and Holocene Evolution of the
Berlin Lakes 107
9. Hans-Rudolf Bork
Soil erosion during the past millenium in central Europe and its significance
within the geomorphodynamics of the Holocene 121
10. Jürgen Spönemann
Homoclinal ridges in Lower Saxony 133
11. Ernst Brunotte and Karsten Garlefif
Structural landforms and planation surfaces in southern Lower Saxony 151
12. Karl-Heinz Schmidt
Geomorphology of limestone areas in the northeastern Rhenish Slate Mountains 165
13. Arno Semmel
The importance of loess in the interpretation of geomorphological processes
and for dating in the Federal Republic of Germany 179
14. Nordwin Beck
Periglacial glacis (pediment) generations at the western margin of the
Rhine Hessian Plateau 189
15. Adolf Zienert
Geomorphological aspects of the Odenwald 199
16. Dietrich Barsch and Wolfgang-Albert Flügel
Hillslope hydrology — data from the Hollmuth test field near Heidelberg 211
17. Helmut Blume and Gerhard Remmele
A comparison of Bunter Sandstone scarps in the Black Forest and the Vosges 229
18. Rüdiger Mäckel and Gaby Zollinger
Fluvial action and valley development in the central and southern Black Forest
during the late Quaternary 243
19. Karl-Heinz Pfeffer
The karst landforms of the northern Franconian Jura between the rivers
Pegnitz and Vils 253
20. Dieter Burger
Dolomite weathering and micromorphology of the Paleosoils in the
Franconian Jura 261
21. Michael Schieber
Soil formation in displaced Pleistocene aeolian sands in the
Nordlinger Ries 269
22. Manfred W. Buch
Late Pleistocene and Holocene development of the Danube Valley east of
Regensburg 279
23. Horst Strunk
Aspects of the Quaternary in the Tertiary Hills of Bavaria 289
24. Robert Lang
Spatial differences of solute load output in “Middle Bavaria” 297
25. Karl Albert Habbe and Konrad Rogner
The Pleistocene Iller glaciers and their outwash fields 311
26. Michael Becht
Suspended load yield of a small Alpine drainage basin in upper Bavaria 329
27. Dietrich Barsch and Gerhard St'eiblein
Geomorphological mapping in the Federal Republic of Germany
The GMK 25 and the GMK 100 343