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escarpment





escarpment
Block diagram of an escarpment (cuesta) showing how the surface topography is related to the underlying stratigraphy

Also called a cuesta, a ridge or hill with one side gently sloping, the other a steep cliff (scarp), formed by selective erosion in areas where the rock strata are tilted.


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Source: USGS