U-shaped valley


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U-shaped valley

[′yü ¦shāpt ′val·ē]
(geology)
A type of valley with a broad floor and steep walls produced by glacial erosion. Also known as trough valley; U valley.
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Over time, this process may lead to the formation of steep-sided U-shaped valleys.
Also, the fascinating rock formations, lakes and U-shaped valleys are strong evidence of the previous ice age which remind me of my A-level geology days.
Climbing out of the U-shaped valleys of Seneca and Cayuga Lakes is a bit of a huff 'n' puff, but the persistent hiker is rewarded with magnificent views.
Nestled below the rock are hundreds of twisted canyons and U-shaped valleys, which have some of the most fantastic landscapes in North America.
The only one that fitted suggested that over the first million years, most of the erosion took place at the mouths of the glaciers, as they scoured the U-shaped valleys on the flanks of the mountain range.