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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.]
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(ˈpiːnɪˌpleɪn; ˌpiːnɪˈpleɪn) or


(Physical Geography) a relatively flat land surface produced by a long period of erosion
[C19: from pene- + plain1]
ˌpeneplaˈnation n
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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.
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A nearly flat land surface almost worn down to sea level.
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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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Going over this pass, which actually is the apex of a gently bulging peneplain, with some of the snow-covered Himalayan ranges off to the south, was quite an experience.
Such soils are predominant in the Peneplain and Slope and Mountain landscapes, characterized by shale and quartzite lithology.
The earliest of his characteristic works is Peneplain 862 (1986, earthenware and steel), a narrow, slightly concave slab just over 2 meters tall.
Sections from Chang 10 to Chang 8 represent a transgression sequence deposited at shallow water level, whereas those from Chang 6 to Chang 2 are regression sequences deposited at lake fading stage [5], and Chang 1 oil layer was deposited during the peneplain period [17].
3) frequently cuts the Variscan peneplain. Currently it can be observable as an irregular surface with very broad swales and narrow incised channels.
rights in the prairies and the Laurentian peneplain, and Maori fishing
In the initial stage of the erosion cycle of Davis (1899), narrow and deep drainages are formed grooving original elevated peneplain. This phase is called young stage and the original surface is preserved in a large and continuous area.
Both the North structure and nearby Bloody Creek structure are located on the Atlantic Uplands Peneplain. 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].
The basin of the Oued Bechar, which drains, with its Northeast and South-West of Bechar tributaries, over 1,500 [km.sup.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. This ensemble represents the most urbanized part of the province and is served by the national road number 6