Published: September 11, 2018 | Last updated: July 5, 2023

What Does Geomorphic Mean?

Geomorphic is an adjective based on the Classical Greek words geo- meaning “related to or of the earth” and -morph, “having a specified shape or form.” It describes the features of the Earth (such as rivers, streams, mountains, and valleys) and the Earth’s landscape, such as forests, deserts, high plains vegetation, farmland and urban forests. It may refer to geomorphic processes, such as a rock’s weathering and erosion, the movement of Earth’s tectonic plates, or fluvial or coastal processes.

Trenchlesspedia Explains Geomorphic

Passage lightAes geomorphic description is often one of the initial parts of a geotechnical report. Such a description might include a general appraisal of an area's landscape and characteristic. For example, whether the area is swampy, mountainous or forested. It might include a description of the soil type found in the area, like a sandy loam, clay, or chalky. A geomorphic description might also wax (slightly) poetic and describe farmland as sunny.

Geomorphic information might be one or more layers in a GIS map that describe the surface and subterranean (geological) features of an area through which a trenchless project passes.



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