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(both: vĕlt, Du. fĕlt) [Du.,=field], term applied to the grassy undulating plateaus of the Republic of South Africa and of Zimbabwe. The veld comprises territory of varying elevation—the highveld (4,000–6,000 ft/1,220–1,830 m), the middleveld (2,000–4,000 ft/610–1,220 m), and the lowveld (500–2,000 ft/150–610 m). The highveld, the largest of the plateaus, is in the Republic of South Africa. Abundant crops of potatoes and corn are grown, large cattle herds are grazed, and industrial and mining centers are found there.
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the name for the arid plateaus, covered with xerophytic grasses and shrubs, west of the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa.

The veld is formed by a series of steps that descend to the Kalahari trough and the valley of the Limpopo River. The highveld, between the Orange and the Vaal rivers, descends from a height of 2,000 m in the northeast to 1,200 m in the southwest and is composed of horizontal deposits of sandstone and shale of the Karroo system. The surface is covered with a dense, grassy cover approximately 1 m high. In the Witwatersrand Range, north of the highveld, are the most important gold and uranium deposits in the Republic of South Africa. Between the Vaal River and the upper reaches of the Olifants River is the middleveld (altitudes of 1,500-1,000 m), which is similar to the highveld in geological sructure. It is covered in the west with xerophytic shrubs, and in the east with grasses. In the Kimberley region there are diamond beds, and diamonds are mined. North of the city of Pretoria lies the bushveld (altitudes of approximately 900 m), which is composed of volcanic rocks and covered with thickets of thorny shrubs (species of acacia). The lowveld (altitudes of 800-300 m) extends from the bushveld to the Limpopo River; it is a leveled surface of Precambrian crystalline base. The veld is a savanna with baobabs and mopani trees.

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, veldt
elevated open grassland in Southern Africa
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Out of necessity, therefore, these settlers developed, by selective breeding between dogs they had brought with them from their home countries and the half-wild ridged dog of the Hottentots, a distinct breed of the African veldt, which has come to be known as the Rhodesian Ridgeback.
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Yet, barring some major upheavals in the rugby world, still very much the stuff of windswept November afternoons on the rainy fringes of Europe, rather than blazing summer Saturdays on the South African veldt or summer tours down under.
So began my first morning in the Thornybush game reserve, 100 square kilometres of rolling South African veldt bang in the middle of Big Five country, so called because of the relative abundance of lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and rhino.
They took them afield from the prairies after varmints to the Alaskan tundra and even the African veldt, enjoying great success.
The war on the South African veldt was a brutal one, as the Boers were experienced horsemen and hunters in the harsh climate.
There are fabulous gingers from the temperate forests of the Himalayas, wild red- hot pokers from the South African veldt, giant cranebills from Madeira and, on the wall, a fig, which one day I hope to see heavy with luscious fruit.
Snider recalls working on TriStar's "Jumanji," which included shots of rambunctious wild animals from the African veldt materializing from a board game and stampeding through the living room of a house.
And the words became vivid pictures of horses galloping across the endless African veldt, pausing only at the gatherings of noble warriors around the spitting campfire.
A MUD hut topped by a thatched roof may be more typical of the African veldt rather then the Welsh countryside.

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