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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LOESS

By accenting the height of the ridges the loess also adds to the scenery of the county.

A disadvantage of the loess lies in the readiness with which it washes.

The thickest known deposit of loess, 335 meters, is on the Loess Plateau in China.

In Europe and in the Americas, accumulations of loess are generally from 20 to 30 meters thick.

Many thousands of square miles of northern China are covered with loess.

An Aurignacian 'loess' station is that of Willendorf, Austria.

Neither were the 'terraces' covered with the newer deposits of 'loess.'

So compact is the loess that there is no danger of a cave-in.

Many of the main roads over the loess are altered by the rains.

Wherever the rainfall is considerable these loess deposits have proved to have a high agricultural value.

WORD ORIGIN

1833 (in Lyell), "unstratified deposit of loam," coined 1823 by German mineralogist Karl Cäsar von Leonhard (1779-1862) from German Löss "yellowish-gray soil," from Swiss German lösch (adj.) "loose" (cf. German los; see loose). Related: Loessial.

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