inselberg

inselberg

[in-suhl-burg, -zuhl-]
noun Physical Geography.
monadnock ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1895–1900; < German, equivalent to Insel island + Berg mountain

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inselberg (ˈɪnzəlˌbɜːɡ)
 
n
an isolated rocky hill rising abruptly from a flat plain
 
[from German, from Insel island + Berg mountain]

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inselberg

(from German Insel, "island," and Berg, "mountain"), isolated hill that stands above well-developed plains and appears not unlike an island rising from the sea. The early German explorers of southern Africa were impressed by such features, and they dubbed the domed or castlelike highlands inselbergs. Spectacular examples include Ayers Rock and the Olga Rocks in central Australia.

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