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e skorp muhnt

  • n  a long steep slope or cliff at the edge of a plateau or ridge; usually formed by erosion
  • n  a steep artificial slope in front of a fortification

  • As a blood-red sun was sinking behind the thorn trees on the Zambezi escarpment, a lumbering Air Rhodesia Viscount airliner took off from Kariba on a flight to Salisbury.
  • In the escarpment hamlet of Shomera, Israelis like Gabriel Peretz, the owner of a bed-and-breakfast, can do little more than brace for the next attack.
  • Thence a tunnel would be bored under the rocky escarpment that rises along the Depression's northern rim.
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  • South Side avoids major flooding, future repairs in the works
    While flooding on May 25 damaged hundreds of homes and businesses, the South Side was spared the worst of the disaster, city and state officials said last week. “If you look at the storm itself, the majority of rainfall actually was pushed to the northwest (of San Antonio) by the Balcones Escarpment,” Zeitler explained, referring to a geological fault zone that separates the hilled area to the ...
    June 17, 2013 - The Southside Reporter

  • Sarah Harmer in Daily Commercial News
    All the residents are on wells from the same water supply as the quarry,said Harmer, whose song "Escarpment Blues" bemoans whimsically how "if we blow a hole in the escarpment, the wild ones won't have anywhere to go."
  • Ian Stevenson in
    We bring in children from the other side of the escarpment who have never seen an elephant,says Stevenson. "We show them how wildlife benefits rural Zambia through the support the safari industry gives to schools and health clinics."

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