Escarpment meaning

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A steep slope or long cliff that results from erosion or faulting and separates two relatively level areas of differing elevations.
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A steep slope or long cliff formed by erosion or by vertical movement of the Earth's crust along a fault. Escarpments separate two relatively level areas of land. The term is often used interchangeably with scarp but is more accurately associated with cliffs produced by erosional processes rather than those produced by faulting.
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A steep slope in front of a fortification.
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A steep slope or cliff formed by erosion or, less often, by faulting.
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Ground formed into a steep slope on the exterior of a fortification.
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A steep descent or declivity; steep face or edge of a ridge; ground about a fortified place, cut away nearly vertically to prevent hostile approach.
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Origin of escarpment

  • From French escarpement.

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