scarplet

scarplet

[′skärp·lət]
(geology)
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Sheetwash and scarplet retreat are the main means of transport across, and erosion of, the widespread younger pediment.
Furthermore, the pediment surface is apparently being regraded by the process of scarplet retreat and sheetwash, suggesting response to a recent tectonic or climatic change (probably a change to more arid conditions).
Two main lines of evidence suggest that the pediment, hence much of the area, is being regraded to a lower level: presence of pedestal plants and actively retreating scarplets 15 to 30 centimeters high.