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terrace
A horizontal or gently sloping embankment of earth along the contours of a slope to reduce erosion, control runoff, or conserve moisture.
A narrow coastal strip sloping gently toward the water.
A long, narrow, nearly level surface bounded by a steeper descending slope on one side and by a steeper ascending slope on the other side.
A benchlike structure bordering an undersea feature.
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From McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Environmental Science.  The Content is a copyrighted work of McGraw-Hill and McGraw-Hill reserves all rights in and to the Content.  The Work is © 2008 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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