Tag: Terrain

Terrain relates to the horizontal and vertical aspects of the land’s surface. There are many types of terrain of which the main ones are the plateau, mountain, plain, and valleys. Other terrain types include open, tundra, oasis, etc. (see here for more details).

Terrain is a derivative of the word “terra” meaning earth. Factors such as the slope, elevation, and orientation of the land are all features used to describe the different terrains. The terrain of land can also affect the weather pattern and climate of the area. For example, two areas that are geographically close to each other may differ entirely in precipitation levels or timing due to elevation differences.

As humans, we study the formation of terrains (Geomorphology) for the following reasons:

To determine its suitability for human use/settlement.
To understand environmental quality in terms of agriculture and hydrology. For example, drainage, water movement, etc.
 Terrains affect aviation especially for aircraft which have low-flying routes and altitudes of airports.

Valley Landforms From Around The World

Valleys are one of the most prevalent types of terrain on earth. There’s a valley on every continent and they can be found at the bottom of the ocean and even on other planets. Valleys are hollows found on the …

10 Beautiful Deserts From Around The World

A desert is described as an area of land where little precipitation happens. Deserts are therefore barren lands. The environment is usually not conducive to the survival of plant or animal life. Deserts can be found on every continent and …

Types of Deserts – Explanation + Visual Guide

Deserts are one of the many different types of terrains characterized by usually inhabitable barren land. There are 4 main types of deserts: hot-and-dry (or subtropical) desert, the semiarid (or cold-winter) desert, the coastal desert, and the cold (or polar) …

10 Beautiful Oasis Photos From Around The World

An oasis is a type of terrain place that’s found in a desert. It stands out from the surrounding features of the desert because it has a source of water and fertile ground. The water is usually from natural springs or other …

8 Stunning Photos of Plateaus Around The World

A plateau is a type of terrain that’s characterized by relatively flat land that rises above the surrounding area. They are usually formed by upwelling of volcanic magma, extrusion of lava, and water erosion sometimes through glaciers. Here are some more examples of plateaus from around …

10 Beautiful Tundra Biome Photos From Around The World

The coldest of all the biomes is the Tundra biome. These types of terrain are known for the frigid temperatures, treeless plains, little to no rain, and the beautiful animals that live there. In all there are three types: Arctic, …

10 Stunning Mountain Terrains With Name & Picture

A mountain is one of the many terrain types that make up the earth. Usually, it is a large mass that rises above the surrounding land. A series of mountains or hills ranged in a line and connected by high ground is called a …

Types of Glaciers – Explanation + Visual Guide

Believe it or not, there are 8 different types of glaciers. These include mountain glaciers, rock glaciers, valley glaciers, tidewater glaciers, piedmont glaciers, hanging glaciers, cirque glaciers, and outlet glaciers. Most glaciers can be found throughout the tundra biome where …

Types Of Terrain – Explanation & Visual Guide

Let’s take a look at the different types of terrain that make up our planet, Earth. Learn about the differences, similarities, and locations of all the terrain types accessible to us. There are different types of terrains. The common ones are …