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How to use escarpment in a sentence
It strides across 5,000 mostly forested acres on the eastern escarpment of the plateau.Plug-in cars are the future. The grid isn’t ready. | Will Englund | October 16, 2021 | Washington Post
The views from the edge of the escarpment are stunning—you can see across the Hudson Valley on a clear day.
It is known as the Goro escarpment, and at its eastern end it forms the boundary between the protectorate and Abyssinia.
The curved escarpment of the Little Douvre sloped away out of sight beneath him.Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
Pushing his way through the drifting foliage, Dalgard swam ahead to the foot of the rocky escarpment.Star Born | Andre Norton
British Dictionary definitions for escarpment
the long continuous steep face of a ridge or plateau formed by erosion; scarp
any steep slope, such as one resulting from faulting
a steep artificial slope immediately in front of the rampart of a fortified place
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Scientific definitions for escarpment
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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