Definition of peneplain in English:


Syllabification: pe·ne·plain
Pronunciation: /ˈpēnəˌplān
(also peneplane)


A more or less level land surface produced by erosion over a long period, undisturbed by crustal movement.
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  • Here the sequence of processes and landforms which exists between the tectonic uplift of an area and its reduction to a peneplain or erosion surface close to base level is believed to have occurred many times in certain regions.
  • the Palaeozoic Urals were eroded down to a peneplain by the end of Jurassic time, with platform sediments covering most of the orogen.
  • The south slope is generally planar except where incised by glacial or fluvial valleys and is a remnant peneplain of late Cretaceous-early Tertiary age, which is well developed in western Mongolia and adjacent regions of China.


late 19th century: from Latin paene 'almost' + plain1.

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