- the lowest level to which running water can erode the land.
Origin of base level
First recorded in 1870–75
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And, where those cannot be achieved, at least a base-level opposition to tyranny, reaction, religious fundamentalism, and so on.When Liberals Enable Tyrants
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The excavation of these valleys is due to an upheaval which raised this part of the Pampa above the base-level.The Argentine Republic</p>
No definite degree of slope can be fixed upon as marking a base-level.
At a stage shortly preceding the base-level stage the surface would be a peneplain.
A peneplain, therefore, is a surface which has been brought toward, but not to base-level.
The base-level is now 2-2, and the valley represented in the diagram has not yet reached it.
- the lowest level to which a land surface can be eroded by streams, which is, ultimately, sea level
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