Definition - What does Landform mean?

Landform is a natural feature on the surface of the Earth which is a part of a terrain. The arrangement of these natural features on the landscape is termed as topography. Hills, plateaus, valleys, canyons and mountains are the typical examples of Landforms. Shoreline features such as peninsulas, seas and bays including submerged features like volcanoes, ocean basins and mid-ocean ridges are also categorized as Landforms.

Petropedia explains Landform

The movement of the tectonic plates in the Earth's crust and erosion caused by winds and water creates a Landform. The process of the formation of a Landform may occur after a long period of time and at times it can even take millions of years. Landforms can be categorized according to various physical attributes like orientation, elevation, rock exposure, slope and the soil type. They may exist underwater as the pattern of mountain ranges or in the form of basins. Mount Everest in Nepal is the highest Landform on earth, which measures around 8,850 meters above the sea level.

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