Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2009, Vol. 64 ›› Issue (11): 1375-1393.doi: 10.11821/xb200911009

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Recent Progress in Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology in China and Some Perspectives

XU Jiong-xin1, LI Bing-yuan1, YANG Xiao-ping2, ZHOU Li-ping3, SHI Chang-xing1, GAO Shu4, ZHENG Xiang-min5, XIONG Kang-ning6, ZHU Bing-qi2, WANG Ya-ping4, ZHOU Li-min5   

  1. 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research,CAS,Beijing 100101,China;
    2. Institute of Geology and Geophysics,CAS,Beijing 100029,China;
    3. College of Urban and Environmental Sciences,Peking University,Beijing 100871,China;
    4. School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences,Nanjing University,Nanjing 210093,China;
    5. Department of Geography,East China Normal University,Shanghai 200062,China;
    6. College of Geography and Biological Science,Guizhou Normal University,Guiyang 550001,China
  • Received:2009-04-21 Revised:2009-09-01 Online:2009-11-25 Published:2009-11-25
  • Supported by:

    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No. 40671019, 40788001


In recent years, promoted by tremendous demands from national economic construction, great progress has been made in geomorphology and Quaternary geology in China. This article generalizes the recent progresses, mainly those in the period 2006-2008, including the progress in the fields of tectonic landforms, fluvial landforms, eolian landforms, glacial landforms, estuary and coastal landforms and Quaternary environmental evolution. Furthermore some suggestions are proposed to develop the discipline in the following aspects: (1) Studies of basic theories; (2) Research into applied geomorphology and Quaternary geology concerning the key construction projects; (3) Experimental studies, both in laboratories and in field surveys; (4) Training of young geomorphologists and Quaternary geologists.

Key words: geomorphology, Quaternary geology, Chin