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  • Harry then understood their need for haste, for up ahead loomed a sheer-sided cliff, maybe fifteen hundred feet high.

    The Black Madonna

  • The colorful, nonthreatening view somewhat offset the realization that there was only one way out of the sheer-sided stone amphitheater.

    The Lives of Felix Gunderson

  • The plateau is dissected by 100-200 m deep, sheer-sided gorges.

    Purnululu National Park, Australia

  • The softer shales in the Cape Supergroup and remnant Cretaceous sediments formed the low valleys and undulating plains adjacent to the sheer-sided mountains.

    Montane fynbos and renosterveld

  • The eastern area, around the Nine bent-Stream includes a large number of isolated and sheer-sided monoliths of red sandstone which have been formed by the natural riverine erosion following the natural faults and jointing in this rock.

    Mount Wuyi, China

  • Where moments before there had been clear sky over the Inner City, a huge mass of black clouds loomed like sheer-sided mountains, forked lightning slashing down through a gray wall of rain that seemed as solid as the city walls.

    Knife of Dreams

  • Gaidar had the terrifying image of sheer-sided, jagged rocks stabbing upward.

    Dragons Of A Vanished Moon

  • Dominating everything else was the sheer-sided plug of weathered volcanic rock known as Temmerefe's Sky-Reef, usually emerald-crowned, now reduced to a gloomy gray mass no different from the less spectacular peaks that surrounded it.

    Kingdoms of Light

  • Finding the fortress, which was set on a sheer-sided promontory in the midst of a deep river canyon, too inaccessible to assault directly, Feelleq-a-Qua and his staff proceeded to blockade the only access, a bridge built across the tops of smaller, intervening spires, and settled down to starve out the last resistance to the Horde's rule.

    Kingdoms of Light

  • Keeping Spa-dix far from the edges of those sheer-sided drops, I prayed silently but with great vigor and enthusiasm.

    Black Horses For The King

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