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escarpment

or

scarp,

long cliff, bluff, or steep slope, caused usually by geologic faulting (see faultfault,
in geology, fracture in the earth's crust in which the rock on one side of the fracture has measurable movement in relation to the rock on the other side. Faults on other planets and satellites of the solar system also have been recognized.
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) or by erosion of tilted rock layers. An example of a fault scarp is the north face of the San Jacinto Mts. in California. Examples of erosional escarpments include the Palisades along the Hudson River and the long break separating the coastal region from the inland area in Texas, roughly paralleling the coast.

escarpment

[ə′skärp·mənt]
(geology)
A cliff or steep slope of some extent, generally separating two level or gently sloping areas, and produced by erosion or by faulting. Also known as scarp.
(ordnance)
The ground surrounding a fortified place which has been cut away nearly vertically to prevent an enemy's approach.

escarpment

A steep slope in front of a fortification to impede the approach of an enemy.

escarpment

a. the long continuous steep face of a ridge or plateau formed by erosion; scarp
b. any steep slope, such as one resulting from faulting
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From Pen y Fan continue along the escarpment edge to Cribyn the next summit on the round.
The term klint, widely used in the countries around the Baltic Sea, is originally a Danish and Swedish word synonymous with klev, signifying an escarpment in sedimentary rocks.
The absolute height of this 1200 km long monumental escarpment is over 140 m at Koporye (Russia), about 68 m near Kandle, and 56 m at Ontika (Estonia), the last one being the greatest relative height of the klint.
The conservationist aspects of the Act are, however, tempered by the fact that some development is allowed within the escarpment boundaries.
The expansion entails a six-part approval process involving an amendment to change the area's designation from an Escarpment Rural Area to a Mineral Resource Extraction Area under the NEP, amendments to three regional and town plans, the issuing of a NEC development permit and a license from the Ministry of Natural Resources under the Aggregate Resources Act (Cone 2001; Lovio 2001).
The slope of this line was an erosion rate constant that could he applied to all slumping escarpments along the river.
This function was used to extrapolate the results to the inventory of 136 escarpments along the main stem of the Blue Earth River to determine the proportion of the TSS load contributed by streambank slumping, as well as the proportion of the TP load.
The first record setting HDD crossing required on the project came during the 1,025-meter (3,362 feet) Endrick Escarpment crossing.
Six days after stringing and pipe pull-back operations began, the installation of the Endrick Escarpment was completed, making it the longest 457mm diameter HDD crossing to date in Australia.
Limber pine dominates all of the escarpment woodlands in Colorado whereas ponderosa pine is only found in two areas.
All three are consistent in correlating gestures of deconstruction with the establishment of "cybersites," each commissioning artists and/or architects who literally "deconstruct" their pavilion by means of massive escarpments of scaffolding or, in the case of the Austrians, by permanently dislocating the classical order of the original architecture with the addition of a new facade and soaring roof and the elimination of a rear exterior wall.
Soil eroded from the mountains piled up over the eons, and then later was eroded itself, leaving the rugged escarpments and canyons that make up today's badlands.