footslope


footslope
   The hillslope profile position that forms the concave surface at the base of a hillslope. It is a transition zone between upslope sites of erosion and transport (shoulder, backslope) and downslope sites of deposition (toeslope).
   Compare: summit, shoulder, backslope, and toeslope.
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Glossary of landform and geologic terms. 2013.

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