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Peneplains and Related Land Forms

Nature volume 143, pages 569570 (01 April 1939) | Download Citation



IT is now nearly fifty years since W. M. Davis introduced the term ‘peneplain’ for the surface of low relief which might be expected to mark the end-stages of a long period of sub-aerial erosion under stable conditions. The term was received with a certain suspicion and lack of cordiality among British workers and it has been used comparatively little in their writings. Geographers and geomorpho-logists will therefore note with interest that the Geological Society recently discussed some of the questions at issue.

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