This site is intended to stimulate research by providing
an information focus and provoking networking between those working
on dryland rivers and the sediments they leave behind.
It will cover:
processes and products
hydrology, dynamics, architecture
of rivers and their floodplains
with adjacent and interacting processes (aeolian, lacustrine)
modern and ancient
integration of geomorphology and sedimentology
It is also of relevance to hydrologists and petroleum
geologists, those working on pre-Devonian fluvial successions (pre-vegetation),
climate change (desertification) and palaeo-environmental interpretation.
One-sixth of the world's population is affected by desertification
(UNEP), so this is an important subject.
June 2004: conferences list updated - do you know
of others, please?
2003: New Feature of Interest - click the Features button
at the left
Waterholes: wetlands in drylands?
2003: Links to useful images websites - click the Useful
Several satellite image and map sources
images of Vertisols
2003: Discussion Forum added
add your own comments on the site and its content
join in discussion on the hot topics in drylands research
2003: Two new Features of Interest - click the Features button
at the left
Desert Varnish: a lot of fuss over nothing?
Lake Yamma Yamma - a modeller's nightmare?
The conference in Aberdeen in August 2002,
on Dryland Rivers: Process & Product, was a great success - thank
you to all the contributors and attendees. Abstracts and related
images are accessible through the Hot Topics link.
ideas and input will help, please. This site is not intended just
to be the world according to Colin North, but I have to start somewhere,
so inevitably early versions will be dominated by my own views.