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Lester Charles King

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Citizenship  United Kingdom
Fields  Geomorphology
Nationality  English
Notable awards  Gold Medal

Influences  Charles Cotton
Influenced by  Charles Cotton
Name  Lester King
Institution  University of Natal
Born  1907 Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom (1907)
Residence  England, New Zealand, South Africa
Institutions  Natal University College University of Natal
Known for  Geography of Southern Africa Pediplain Scarp retreat Cymatogeny
Died  1989, Durban, South Africa
Alma mater  Victoria University of Wellington, University of South Africa, University of New Zealand

Lester Charles King (1907–1989) was an English geologist and geomorphologist known for his theories on scarp retreat. He offered a very different view of the origin of continental landscaping than that of William Morris Davis. Studying at university in New Zealand King was a disciple of Charles Cotton who was heavily influenced by Davis. While King's ideas were an attempt at refuting Davis' cycle of erosion they were themselves of cyclical nature and contributed to what Cliff Ollier has called "Davis bashing" — the ridicule of cyclical theories in geomorphology, in particular Davis' ones. Critics did however not propose alternative models. For him, the weathering of physical factors in arid areas causes the erosion of the hills, the deposition of the weathered material (pediments) and the deposition of these material in lower altitudes, contributing to the formation of the pediplain. He was also an early proponent of continental drift, having lectured on this matter at a number of U.S. universities during a tour in 1958.

King was a supporter of the Expanding Earth hypothesis.


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