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scarp slope Line breaks: scarp slope

Definition of scarp slope in English:


A slope in the land that cuts across the underlying strata, especially the steeper slope of a cuesta. Often contrasted with dip slope.
Example sentences
  • The east-facing scarp slope of the Côte d' Or has been formed by faulting along the Saône, and further partitioned by extensive small-scale faulting.
  • When viewed from the west or south at long range, the asymmetric topography suggests a short northern scarp slope and a long south-sloping dip slope.
  • Gaining in height from the Blue Lagoon, this walk takes the short steep path up the northern scarp slope of Winter Hill then descends along a more gradual route.

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