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also pe·ne·plane  (pē′nə-plān′)
A nearly flat land surface representing an advanced stage of erosion.

[pene-, almost (from Latin paene) + plain.]


(ˈpiːnɪˌpleɪn; ˌpiːnɪˈpleɪn) or


(Physical Geography) a relatively flat land surface produced by a long period of erosion
[C19: from pene- + plain1]
ˌpeneplaˈnation n


or pe•ne•plane

(ˈpi nəˌpleɪn, ˈpɛn ə-)

an area reduced almost to a plain by erosion.
[1889; < Latin paene almost + plain1]
pe`ne•pla•na′tion (-pləˈneɪ ʃən) n.


A nearly flat land surface almost worn down to sea level.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.peneplain - a more or less level land surface representing an advanced stage of erosion undisturbed by crustal movementspeneplain - a more or less level land surface representing an advanced stage of erosion undisturbed by crustal movements
geology - a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks
champaign, plain, field - extensive tract of level open land; "they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain"; "he longed for the fields of his youth"
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The earliest of his characteristic works is Peneplain 862 (1986, earthenware and steel), a narrow, slightly concave slab just over 2 meters tall.
Such soils are predominant in the Peneplain and Slope and Mountain landscapes, characterized by shale and quartzite lithology.
Normal faults with decametric throw displace the entire peneplain (from the S to the N of the eastern part of the island along a distance of 180 km): they subdivide it in smaller flat surfaces (Vardabasso, 1959) with very different elevations (300 to 900 a.
rights in the prairies and the Laurentian peneplain, and Maori fishing
Late Cretaceous to Pliocene erosion of the peneplain is thought to have resulted in the offshore deposition of 1500 m of sand and gravel implying very significant erosion at both sites (Grant 1994; Stea and Pullen 2001; Wade and MacLean 1990).
Konrad Fischer Galerie dusts down Carl Andre's Steel Peneplain, which was first conceived for Documenta 7 in 1982, while Lisson shows Richard Long's River Driftwood Circle, the wood for which was sourced from the Avon in 1996.
The Triassic-Jurassic rifting phase was followed by the development of an Early Cretaceous passive margin dominated by siliciclastic sedimentation above a regional transgressive peneplain [6].
2], is bounded on the North by the Jebel Razzaq and the duplication of the Atlas Djebel Horreit and Djebel Antar and is largely opened to the southern peneplain.
The closeness of probable denudation areas (the peneplain of Proterozoic crystalline rocks in Southern Finland) to the sedimentary setting where GA accumulated hints that the trace elemental composition of sea water in these areas likely bore a distinct terrestrial signature, similarly to recent coastal marine environments [49].
From the geomorphological point of view, the ARD is an extensive peneplain (plateau) featuring the deep valleys of the Duero river and its network of tributaries (call the "arribes").