from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In physical geography, detritus derived by the superficial disintegration of rock-masses and in process of removal by transporting agencies.
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It was, in fact, quite dark under those leaves after the brilliant and unshaded sunlight of the rock-waste.
With Ware in the lead, the expedition crossed the last of the rock-waste, and plunged into the green gloom of the "forest."
Denudation leaves naked soil; then gullying cuts down to the bare rock; and meanwhile the rock-waste buries the bottomlands.
The granite cliff slowly deposits at its base a rock-waste slope to soften the sudden transition from its perpendicular surface to the level plain at its feet.
Not only do they present fewer obstacles to intercommunication than any other topographic features, but almost always they are deeply covered with the fine rock-waste that forms the chief components of soil.
In a similar manner, moisture intercepted by the Alps and the Himalayas has not only created the plains of the Po and the Ganges from the rock-waste carried from the slopes, but has also made them exceedingly fertile.
The ice-sheet was a huge mill that ground up the rocks in the North probably as fast or faster than the rains and the rank vegetation reduced them in the South, but the floods of water which it finally let loose carried a great deal of the rock-waste into the sea.