land·​form | \ ˈlan(d)-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce landform (audio) \

Definition of landform

: a natural feature of a land surface

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Recent Examples on the Web In addition to these obvious behemoths, dozens of smaller, much less crowded lakes are scattered across the dynamic landform in Coconino National Forest. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "This hike to a lake near Flagstaff is lovely, water or not. Here's how to do it.," 5 June 2020 This means that the leeward side of these landforms is usually drier and often protected from the high wind. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "9 Natural Shelters that will Save Your Life," 16 Jan. 2020 Instead of being composed fully of granitic rock, researchers reanalyzed old Magellan data and posited that these landforms could be made of basaltic lava. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "This Is Venus, Earth's Boiling Twin," 5 Jan. 2020 Volcano tourism is the exploration and study of volcanic and geothermal landforms, including visits to dormant and extinct volcanic regions, according to an entry in the 2016 edition of the Encyclopedia of Tourism. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "'It's a risk': Questions about volcano tourism safety arise after New Zealand eruption," 14 Dec. 2019 Powerful lobbies have tried to ravage entire landforms treated as gods. K A Shaji, Quartz India, "Tribals in India’s Kerala are protesting against a Hindu name given to a captured elephant," 30 Aug. 2019 The birds are born with that knowledge, maybe tied to the Earth’s magnetic field and landforms. Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s northern wheatears are about to embark on a remarkable journey," 10 Aug. 2019 Silt from these glaciers has piled up in mounds large enough to become their own landforms, here called the Loess Hills. Peter Kujawinski, New York Times, "Rich in Surprises and Secrets, There’s a State Park Waiting for You," 29 July 2019 Chain of Craters Road meanders 20 miles through tortuous volcanic landforms between Kilauea Caldera and Holei Sea Arch. National Geographic, "Everything to know about Hawaii Volcanoes National Park," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of landform

1893, in the meaning defined above

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“Landform.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of landform

geology : a natural feature (such as a mountain or valley) of the Earth's surface

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