U-shaped valley

U-shaped valley
   A valley having a pronounced parabolic cross profile suggesting the form of a broad letter "U", with steep walls and a broad, nearly flat floor; specifically a valley carved by glacial erosion.
   Compare: V-shaped valley.

Glossary of landform and geologic terms. 2013.

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  • V-shaped valley —    A valley having a pronounced cross profile suggesting the form of the letter V , characterized by steep sides and short tributaries; specifically a narrow valley resulting from downcutting by a stream. The V becomes broader as the downcutting… …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

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  • V-shaped valley —   the V shape of the cross profile of a river valley in its upper course. As the river has little energy, most erosion is confined to periodic spurts when rainstorm events allow an increase in energy and thus traction and abrasion of the channel… …   Geography glossary

  • Valley — In geology, a valley (also called a vale, dale, glen or strath and near or in Appalachia, a draw) is a depression with predominant extent in one direction. A very deep river valley may be called a canyon or gorge. The terms U shaped and V shaped… …   Wikipedia

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  • glacial valley — ▪ geological formation also called  glacial trough   stream valley that has been glaciated, usually to a typical catenary, or U shaped, cross section. U shaped valleys occur in many parts of the world and are characteristic features of mountain… …   Universalium