from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The modifying of surface features of the earth by surface agencies; the carving of relief by erosion.
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I found many pleasant people aboard, but strangely ignorant on the subject of earth-sculpture and landscape-making.
I crawled and enjoyed the novel and instructive view of a glacier pouring over my head, showing not only its grinding, polishing action, but how it breaks off large angular boulder-masses -- a most telling lesson in earth-sculpture, confirming many I had already learned in the glacier basins of the High Sierra of California.
Land and sea, coast and contour, hill and valley, dale and gorge, earth-sculpture generally -- all are due to the ceaseless interaction of these separately small and unnoticeable causes, aided or retarded by the slow effects of elevation or depression from the earth's shrinkage towards its own centre.