gryke


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gryke

[grīk]
(geology)
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"What you will find in areas like this, particularly with the geology around here - the clints and the grykes - the litter will actually fall into those and it'll stay there.
The rock has been carved, by thousands of years of rainfall, into a mosaic of gullies - or grykes - no more than a foot deep, but each one contains a unique little landscape of its 'John Wayne' and trap rides offthe ferry at own, complete with the rarest of flowers and animals, safe from the harsher and windswept rocky surface and the foraging tongues of cows, inches away.
Crouching down to take a closer look at the grykes and clints on the otherwise fiat plain of Bryn Alyn, I notice that many of these oddly shaped fissures are sheltering some tiny plants called Hart's tongue fern from the strong winds and driving rain that regularly assault these exposed ridges.