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landform

[land-fawrm] /ˈlændˌfɔrm/
noun, Geology
1.
a specific geomorphic feature on the surface of the earth, ranging from large-scale features such as plains, plateaus, and mountains to minor features such as hills, valleys, and alluvial fans.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; land + form
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Examples from the web for landform
  • Do the same on the other transparency for the landform region map.
  • The result was a high, flat landform called a plateau.
  • It is a wide, flat, elevated landform with steep sides.
  • The odd holes are unlike any other landform yet seen in the solar system.
  • Streams create landforms, but water in a stream is not a landform.
  • The sediment or rock forming a stream channel is the landform.
  • The primary focus of this paper is on the various engineering techniques to stabilize a site with minimal landform alteration.
  • Understand how each geographic landform might facilitate or obstruct human settlement.
  • The surface of the landform may extend through one kind of parent material and into another.
  • Reclamation restores the original landform or creates a landform that blends in with the surrounding landform.
British Dictionary definitions for landform

landform

/ˈlændˌfɔːm/
noun
1.
(geology) any natural feature of the earth's surface, such as valleys and mountains
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Word Origin and History for landform
n.

1893; see land (n.) + form (n.). Perhaps immediately from German Landform.

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landform in Science
landform
  (lānd'fôrm')   
A recognizable, naturally formed feature on the Earth's surface. Landforms have a characteristic shape and can include such large features as plains, plateaus, mountains, and valleys, as well as smaller features such as hills, eskers, and canyons.
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Encyclopedia Article for landform

continental landform

any conspicuous topographic feature on the largest land areas of the Earth. Familiar examples are mountains (including volcanic cones), plateaus, and valleys. (The term landform also can be applied to related features that occur on the floor of the Earth's ocean basins, as, for example, seamounts, mid-oceanic ridges, and submarine canyons.) Such structures are rendered unique by the tectonic mechanisms that generate them and by the climatically controlled denudational systems that modify them through time. The resulting topographic features tend to reflect both the tectonic and the denudational processes involved.

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