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Scarp/Wall (Geoform)

Component: Geoform

Unique Identifier: 151

Geoform Origin Geologic
Geoform Scarp/Wall
Geoform Type Fault Scarp
Erosion Scarp
Beach Scarp

Definition A relatively straight, cliff-like face or slope of considerable linear extent, which breaks up the general continuity of the land by separating surfaces lying at different levels (as along the margin of a plateau or mesa).

The term wall can be applied to steep or vertical areas on the seaward or exposed side of a reef. Although hard corals may be present, walls in this setting are formed by geologic processes and are not the result of reef-building activities by corals. A wall may be vertical or terraced, and is often referred to as the "drop-off."