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By John Small, Simon Ross, Michael Witherick

Small & Witherick's hugely profitable dictionary has already, in its first 3 variants, proved its price as a finished consultant to the major rules, techniques, and terminology of up to date geography. This new, obtainable variation displays advancements within the self-discipline for the reason that 1995. protecting either human and actual geography, this dictionary is a vital reference for undergraduate geography scholars.

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If it reaches the surface on the valley floor, it then flows in the manner of a normal stream until the water table retreats below ground once more. BP A widely used abbreviation for 'before the present day'. braided stream A stream in which there is not one single CHANNEL, but a series of small interconnecting channels (some used continually, some used only under conditions of high DISCHARGE) separated by small bars or larger, stable and vegetated islands. Braided streams occur: (i) in areas where the channel banks are easily eroded (for example, where they are composed of loose SANDS and GRAVELS); (ii) where the discharge is highly irregular (as in glacial meltwater streams, which experience both seasonal and diurnal flow variations).

See MENTAL MAPS, SPATIAL PREFERENCE and SPATIAL DIFFUSION. behavioural matrix A framework devised by Pred for the analysis of locational DECISIONMAKING, in which decision-making is seen as a function of two things: (i) the quantity and quality of perceived information that is available to a person; (ii) the ability of that person to make use of such information. These functions provide the two axes of the MATRIX. Given these two dimensions, it is reasonable to suppose that a business-owner with limited information but great ability would choose a location for his FIRM that is different from that selected by another with extensive information but limited ability.

Furthermore, it is assumed that, over time, decisionmakers accumulate more and better information and become more skilled in its use. GRAVEL. bedding plane The surface separating individual layers of a SEDIMENTARY ROCK such as LIMESTONE, CHALK or SANDSTONE. Bedding planes often take the form of cracks along which underground water can move in a down-Dip direction. They also constitute lines of weakness that can be exploited by WEATHERING processes (for example, FREEZE-THAW WEATHERING), so that well-bedded rocks tend to be relatively unresistant (see MASSIVE).

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