hanging valley


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hanging valley

n.
A tributary valley that joins a main valley where the latter has been deepened, usually by glacial erosion, resulting in a steep drop from the floor of the tributary valley to the floor of the main valley.

hanging valley

n
(Physical Geography) geography a tributary valley entering a main valley at a much higher level because of overdeepening of the main valley, esp by glacial erosion
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He says it makes no economic sense for the state to displace 488 landowners living in a fertile land instead of establishing it on the escarpment, which lies idle in the Kerio hanging valley.
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