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A valley on the shelf, generally the shoreward extension of a canyon.

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A vale or small valley


A warm, dry, wind blowing down the leeward slope of a mountain and across a valley floor or plain


On the sea floor, a branch of a canyon or valley


On the sea floor, a relatively shallow, wide depression, the bottom of which usually has a continuous gradient. This term is generally not used for features that have canyon-like characteristics for a significant portion of their extent.


A gentle wind blowing up a valley or mountain slope in the absence of cyclonic or anticyclonic winds, caused by the warming of the mountainside and valley floor before the sun.


A cold fall wind blowing from the northwest down the Vardar valley in Greece to the Gulf of Salonica. It occurs when atmospheric pressure over eastern Europe is higher than over the Aegean Sea, as is often the case in winter. Also called VARDARAC.

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