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see beachbeach,
a gently sloping zone where deposits of unconsolidated sediments are subject to wave action at the shore of an ocean or lake. Most of the sediment making up a beach is supplied by rivers or by the erosion of highlands adjacent to the coast.
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The horizontal surface between a moat and the exterior slope of a fortified rampart; a continuous bank of earth piled against one or more exterior walls of a building as a protection against the elements.


(civil engineering)
A horizontal ledge cut between the foot and top of an embankment to stabilize the slope by intercepting sliding earth.
A narrow terrace which originates from the interruption of an erosion cycle with rejuvenation of a stream in the mature stage of its development and renewed dissection.
A horizontal portion of a beach or backshore formed by deposit of material as a result of wave action. Also known as backshore terrace; coastal berm.


1. A continuous bank of earth alongside a road; a shoulder.
2. A continuous bank of earth piled against a masonry wall.
3. A strip of ground, formed into a ledge to support beams or pipes.
4. The horizontal surface between a moat and the exterior slope of a fortified rampart.
5. In earth excavation work, that portion of the excavation, usually sloped, left at the perimeter and removed as the sheeting and bracing are installed.
6. A narrow terrace or shelf built into an embankment, or the like, which breaks the continuity of an otherwise long slope.
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House Wrens tend to build a berm of sticks at the front of their nest and place the nest cup at the rear of the cavity (Fig.
While kicking the ball, they also were looking carefully behind the dirt berm created around their village.
Once the primary berm was in place, several hundred cubic meters of small boulders were dumped into the deepest flow channel at the point where the berm and channel intersected on the north side of the river, approximately 275 meters east of the ford site and 25 meters from the northern bank.
In addition to these, a laceleaf Japanese maple, a vine maple, blue oat grass, and other ornamentals cover the berm.
A column jutting from one of the berms near the pool's end (shown left) was a drainage "second" from a local concrete dealer.
Though vegetation would be planted to give a natural appearance, natural succession could not take place, as the only openings for trees would be through holes constructed in the berm.
Nathaniel Energy Corporation (OTC Pink Sheets: NECX) announced today that it has agreed to provide aggregate tire chips and tire pieces for berm and backstop fill material at an existing Texas Defensive Shooting Academy (TDSA) firing ranged located in an unincorporated area of southeast Dallas County.
A multiagency response team went to the site April 28, and BFI erected berms until some 150,000 gallons of water drained by the pipes could be evaluated for possible contamination.
The little building is set into the grassy berms with permanent plantings growing close to its walls.
parkings, vacant plots and open spaces including disposal of waste to the placed earmarked by Municipal Corporation Hisar for Sector 1 & 4, Hisar includ ng Commercial Area of these sectors if any, The job also includes removal of dead bodies of animals from roads ano berms if any.
Without berms, irrigation water runs down the slope before it can soak into the root balls of the freshly planted specimens.
Examples of work being performed include planting trees for fish cover and constructing water retention berms to enhance survival of the trees and other associated terrestrial vegetation.