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physiography

Line breaks: physi|og¦raphy
Pronunciation: /ˌfɪzɪˈɒɡrəfi
 
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Definition of physiography in English:

noun

Another term for physical geography.
Example sentences
  • Ironically, human geography did indeed rise in importance as a result of his efforts, ultimately eclipsing his own brand of man-land relationships and the science of physiography that he advocated but hardly ever practised.
  • Moreover, other changes in South American physiography followed the uplift of the Andes, including formation of the modern river basins.
  • A series of compressional and extensional tectonic events created the present geologic structure and physiography.

Origin

early 19th century: from French physiographie (see physio-, -graphy).

Derivatives

physiographer

1
noun
Example sentences
  • The larger streams of the Ozark dome are of decided interest to the physiographer.
  • Bowman, a distinguished geographer and originally a physiographer, participated in the exploration of the Andes.

physiographic

2
Pronunciation: /-zɪəˈɡrafɪk/
adjective
Example sentences
  • The Crim and Marble Forest sites are located in the prairie wetlands physiographic region in northcentral Iowa.
  • The Municipio of Alamos lies in southeast Sonora, within the physiographic provinces of the Sierra Madre Occidental and the arid western coastal plains of the state of Sonora.
  • Study sites were located in floodplains of the upper Passaic River basin in the Piedmont physiographic region of New Jersey.

physiographical

3
Pronunciation: /-zɪəˈɡrafɪk(ə)l/
adjective
Example sentences
  • ‘The geological ‘terrane’ is not to be confused with ‘terrain’ (a physiographical feature).
  • This process is an important control in determining patterns of wetland establishment and subsequent internal physiographical evolution and biogeochemical processes.
  • Where (English Nature is) of the opinion that any area of land is of special interest by reason of any of its flora, fauna, or geological or physiographical features, it shall be the duty of the Council to notify that fact.

physiographically

4
Pronunciation: /-zɪəˈɡrafɪk(ə)li/
adverb
Example sentences
  • This physiographically distinct region is assigned to the Western Upland geographic province.
  • The two study sites were chosen to represent physiographically different types of riparian landscape.
  • In physiographically similar areas to the southwest, the species occurs most commonly in wet or seasonally wet limestone soils.

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