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.
This stimulated the concept of climatic geomorphology and of morphogenetic regions. Cold and arid climatic phases have left their signatures not only in the stratigraphic column but as inherited forms in contemporary landscapes.
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).