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  • n. Plural form of swale.


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  • Landscaping and "swales" - berms that collect and clean rainwater - will make up the greenery.

    The Seattle Times

  • They explored low areas between beach ridges called "swales" -- which are known to trap tsunami sand between layers of peat and other organic matter -- and discovered a layer of sand beneath the most recent layer (2004), from 600 to 700 years ago.

    Signs of the Times

  • When the tank is full, the overflow runs into the ground, artfully managed with grading, such as swales, basins, berms and terraces.

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  • The white tails here are even brash enough to bed in the swales along the road ...

    Muley Fawns Too Cute for Field & Stream?

  • As the day wore along he came into valleys or swales where game was more plentiful.


  • Relatively low-cost ways to recapture ecosystem services include natural drainage swales, rooftop gardens, tree plantings and permeable surfaces to reduce runoff during storms; constructed wetlands to store and treat water; shade trees to reduce inner-city temperatures, air conditioning costs, carbon emissions and heat-related fatalities; and strategic landscaping to channel summer breezes and block winter winds.

    William S. Becker: Can We Handle Nature's New Norm? (Part 3)

  • Davenport and Goodman "read" the land they were developing, keeping natural swales, hills and trees and routing roads around them.

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  • Although generally isolated, they are sometimes connected to each other by small drainages known as vernal swales.

    Vernal pool

  • If these benefits weren't enough, the new bridges provide a needed alternate evacuation route from the Capitol and environmental investments lacking on the existing bridges, such as storm water drains and management swales.

    Bridge benefits all, D.C. says

  • Finally, droughts restricted lush vegetation to swales well tended agricultural fields, locusts aggregated and then over crowded, ravenous swarms began to disperse en masse.

    Dr. Reese Halter: Australian Locust Thrive, Rocky Mountain Ones Disappear


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