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Glossary -- Landforms: Cliffs and Talus

Cliff. A vertical or near-vertical rock face; sometimes not solid rock.

Talus. A deposit of large broken fragments of rock, usually at the base of a cliff or on steep slopes.

Photo: Approach to Leviathan Cave.

talus slope

Talus Slope. A large pile of talus, sometimes forming the side of a mountain. Yellow lines delineate four talus cones that coalesce to form a talus slope.

Photo: Northshore Peak, Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

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