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    Piedmont is one of Italy's 20 regions, with its capital in Turin. Regions of Italy function like states in the U.S. or provinces in Canada.

    Photograph by William Albert Allard

    Martian Piedmont
    On Mars, a large piedmont sits at the base of the huge volcano Olympus Mons. Scientists examining photos of this piedmont concluded in 2006 that it was formed by an enormous, ancient glacier. This Martian glacier would have been nearly four times as large as Alaska's Malsapina Glacier, the largest piedmont glacier on Earth.

    A piedmont is an area at the base of a mountain or mountain range. The word piedmont comes from the Italian words pied and monte, which mean "foot" and "hill."

    Piedmont lakes and piedmont glaciers, for example, are simply lakes and glaciers located at the foot, or base, of mountains. Malaspina Glacier in southeastern Alaska is the largest piedmont glacier in the world, spilling out of the St. Elias Mountains onto the coastal plain between Yakutat Bay and Icy Bay.

    The term by itself can also refer to a specific mountain foothill region. The Piedmont region of northwestern Italy sits at the base of the Italian Alps. In the eastern United States, the Appalachian Piedmont stretches from New Jersey to Alabama, along the foot of the Appalachian Mountains. Farther west lies the Colorado Piedmont. A relatively narrow strip of land sandwiched between the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado Piedmont is home to most of the people and industry of the state of Colorado.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    base Noun

    bottom layer of a structure.

    coastal plain Noun

    low, flat land lying next to the ocean.

    Encyclopedic Entry: coastal plain
    foothill Noun

    hill at the base of a mountain.

    glacier Noun

    mass of ice that moves slowly over land.

    Encyclopedic Entry: glacier
    Great Plains Noun

    grassland region of North America, between the Rocky Mountains and the Mississippi River.

    industry Noun

    activity that produces goods and services.

    lake Noun

    body of water surrounded by land.

    mountain Noun

    landmass that forms as tectonic plates interact with each other.

    mountain range Noun

    series or chain of mountains that are close together.

    piedmont Noun

    area at the bottom of a mountain.

    Encyclopedic Entry: piedmont
    piedmont glacier Noun

    mass of ice moving slowly over land at the bottom of a mountain.

    piedmont lake Noun

    body of freshwater at the bottom of a mountain.

    sandwich Verb

    to put an object between two other objects.

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