surficial

[ser-fish-uhl]
adjective
of or pertaining to a surface, especially the land surface: a surficial geologic deposit.

Origin:
1890–95; blend of surface and superficial

surficially, adverb
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surficial

adjective
pertaining to or occurring on or near the earth's surface; "a surficial geologic deposit" 
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Example sentences
We only look at the surficial fact that there are many student take part in that event but did not look at the underlying cause.
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