shoestring rill

shoestring rill

[′shü‚striŋ ‚ril]
(geology)
One of several long, narrow, uniform channels, closely spaced and roughly parallel with one another, that merely score the homogeneous surface of a relatively steep slope of bare soil or weak, clay-rich bedrock, and that develop wherever overland flow is intense.
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consonants fizzled out in shoestring rills, as tonight, the hard words,