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escarpment or scarp, long cliff, bluff, or steep slope, caused usually by geologic faulting (see fault) or by erosion of tilted rock layers. An example of a fault scarp is the north face of the San Jacinto Mts. in California. Examples of erosional escarpments include the Palisades along the Hudson River and the long break separating the coastal region from the inland area in Texas, roughly paralleling the coast.

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escarpment

es·carp·ment / iˈskärpmənt/ • n. a long, steep slope, esp. one at the edge of a plateau or separating areas of land at different heights.

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escarpment

escarpment (fortif.) ground cut to form a steep slope; (geol.) abrupt face of a ridge or hill range. XIX. — F. escarpement, f. escarper vb.; see -MENT.

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escarpment

escarpment See SCARP.

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