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31 July 2011

Geology Word of the Week: I is for Inselberg

def. Inselberg: A small, rounded hill, knob, ridge, or mini mountain that rises abruptly from relatively flat surroundings. “Inselberg” is a loan word from German and literally means “island mountain.” Originally, the term inselberg was used to apply to landforms in hot, arid regions; early German explorers were particularly impressed with the “island mountain” landforms which they observed in southern Africa. However, the term can also be applied to similar …

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