microrelief

[mahy-kroh-ri-leef]
noun
surface features of the earth of small dimensions, commonly less than 50 feet (15 meters).
Also called microtopography.


Origin:
1930–35; micro- + relief2

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The difference in microrelief of these two surface textures gives them a consistent difference in apparent sediment cover.
The microrelief at the site consisted of a hummocky pattern of tree-tip pits and mounds.
Examples include the microrelief created when trees are blown over, referred to as cradle-knoll microrelief.
Organic soils are not uniform in some areas that have microrelief of hummocks and swales.
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