precipitous terrain

precipitous terrain

[prə′sip·əd·əs tə′rān]
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In air operations, terrain characterized by steep or abrupt slopes.
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Those Kamchatka bighorns are magnificent animals and live in precipitous terrain. Kimber's Mountain Ascent proved to be an ideal rifle for this tough, demanding mountain hunt.
The precipitous terrain and thick fog had made it difficult for rescuers to reach the site to collect the bodies, Prakoso said.
As the house twists and folds up the slope, the change in levels and a subtle shift in alignment creates a large triangular courtyard, a precious flat spot for al fresco gatherings and activities in an otherwise precipitous terrain. At the house's north end, the master bedroom is aligned with the Kinderhorn mountain peak giving this intimate domestic space an especially privileged view of the changing choreography of the seasons, from snow and sky in winter, to mountain wildflowers and greenery in spring.
In other words, so far, the architects have been steering the bus through the precipitous terrain of certifying these prefab homes, one by one.
Pregnancy lasts for five to six months, during which time the ewe takes shelter in precipitous terrain. In the mountains, lambing occurs in late spring and early summer, just in time to enjoy the relative warmth and lush vegetative growth of the alpine meadow.
The Jiankou Great Wall was built on the precipitous terrain next to Mutianyu Great Wall, which was noted for its precipitous and steep incline.
However, the lower two-thirds of the development was made up of precipitous terrain and contoured away from the existing gravity collection system.