morphogenetic region

morphogenetic region

[‚mȯr·fə·jə¦ned·ik ′rē·jən]
(geology)
A region in which, under certain climatic conditions, the predominant geomorphic processes will contribute regional characteristics to the landscape that contrast with those of other regions formed under different climatic conditions.
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This led to the concept of climatic geomorphology with its various and varied morphogenetic regions (DAVIS, 1909; PELTIER, 1950; TRICART, 1957a; TRICART & CAILLEUX, 1958; BUDEL, 1977) whereas many landforms are now known to originate in the shallow subsurface.
Otherwise, however, morphogenetic regions are difficult to define and even more difficult to identify in the field (TWIDALE & LAGEAT, 1994).
The concept of morphogenetic regions must be viewed with caution and possibly limited to extreme regimes and instances where climatic change is independently established (see TWIDALE & LAGEAT, 1994).