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see beachbeach,
a gently sloping zone where deposits of unconsolidated sediments are subject to wave action at the shore of an ocean or lake. Most of the sediment making up a beach is supplied by rivers or by the erosion of highlands adjacent to the coast.
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The horizontal surface between a moat and the exterior slope of a fortified rampart; a continuous bank of earth piled against one or more exterior walls of a building as a protection against the elements.
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(civil engineering)
A horizontal ledge cut between the foot and top of an embankment to stabilize the slope by intercepting sliding earth.
A narrow terrace which originates from the interruption of an erosion cycle with rejuvenation of a stream in the mature stage of its development and renewed dissection.
A horizontal portion of a beach or backshore formed by deposit of material as a result of wave action. Also known as backshore terrace; coastal berm.
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1. A continuous bank of earth alongside a road; a shoulder.
2. A continuous bank of earth piled against a masonry wall.
3. A strip of ground, formed into a ledge to support beams or pipes.
4. The horizontal surface between a moat and the exterior slope of a fortified rampart.
5. In earth excavation work, that portion of the excavation, usually sloped, left at the perimeter and removed as the sheeting and bracing are installed.
6. A narrow terrace or shelf built into an embankment, or the like, which breaks the continuity of an otherwise long slope.
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Bermes, Jr., PhD, FACB, is professor emeritus of pathology at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois.
Liam McGill (Bloomington) 14-00.00; Jake MacConnachie (Wheaton Warrenville South) 14-00.00; Luke Fissinger (Fremd) 14-00.00; Aiden Stapleton (Waubonsie Valley) 14-00.00; Brendan Hill (York) 14-00.00; Trison Paul (Belleville East) 14-00.00; Zachary Frye (Lake Park) 14-00.00; Nate Bermes (Kaneland) 14-00.00; Gilbert Braglia (St.
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Charles North's Gilbert Braglia and Kaneland's Nate Bermes, who may have had the most vocal cheering section at O'Brien Field.
1600 relay: Batavia 3:23.12; Kaneland 3:24.28; Long jump: Doll (Kane) 22-11; Osobamiro (MV) 22-10; Lomax-Spivey (WA) 22-5; Fed (DC) 22-2.5; Ukaobasi (Gen) 22-2.5; Rogers (WA) 22-2.5; Djuma (Gen) 22-1; Robinson (SE) 22-18; High jump: Giwa-Osagie (MV) 6-6; Michalski (DC) 6-1; Triple jump: Rogers (WA) 45-1; Osobamiro (MV) 44-10; Djuma (Gen) 44-10; Salter (WA) 44-9; Shotput: Petko (CG) 56-1; Pauline (MV) 54-2; Hahn (Kane) 52-11; Uhlmann (Gen) 52-6; Discus: Petko (CG) 171-4; Uhlmann (Gen) 154-3; Pole vault: Dauksha (Bat) 14-2; Bermes (Kane) 14-2; Saloga (Marm) 13-8; Mansfield (Bat) 13-8; Kolodziej (SCN) 13-8; Braglis (SCN) 13-8.
Batavia senior Matt Dauksha and Kaneland junior Nate Bermes led a parade of six qualifying pole vaulters who cleared 14 feet, 2 inches.
Coach Andy Drendel sees Kaneland's best paths to packing a yellow bus bound for Charleston as Gagne in the 100, the Knights' 800 and 1,600 relay teams, pole vaulters Ted Allen and Nate Bermes, Porter Conroy in the high jump, Adams in the 800, Occhipinti in the 1,600 and Drew Hahn in the shot put.
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