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Landforms by Description Quiz

Based on the description, guess the landform.
Quiz by llamaboy23
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First submittedMay 24, 2012
Last updatedSeptember 2, 2015
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Clue
Land Form
1
Large body of saltwater
Ocean
2
Large part of <1> that extends into land
Gulf or Bay
3
Natural flow of water that runs through land
River
4
Area where <3> deposits soil into <1> or <2>
Delta
5
Area of land that borders <1>
Coast
6
Circular depression that forms when the roof of a cave collapses
Sinkhole
7
Area of rugged land, generally rising more than 2,000 feet in elevation
Mountain
8
Area of low land between two <7>'s
Valley
9
Deep, narrow variation of <8>
Canyon
10
Rounded and elevated area of land, smaller than <7>
Hill
11
Nearly flat area of land
Plain
12
High and steep rock face
Cliff
13
Area of land completely surrounded by water
Island
14
An area of land nearly surrounded by water
Peninsula
15
Heavily wooded area of land
Forest
16
Inland body of water
Lake
17
Elevated area of flat land
Plateau
18
Narrow body of water connecting two larger bodies of water
Strait
19
Dry area of land with little water and vegetation
Desert
20
Area of land that is in <19> with a water source
Oasis
21
Opening in the earth's crust where lava, gas and dust erupt
Volcano
22
Flat mass of rock that steeply falls away on all sides
Mesa
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level 43
May 15, 2012
I think that Crevasse should be accepted for canyon and that channel can be accepted for strait.
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level 65
May 15, 2012
I agree, also, I think that #5 is a little vague because technically any landmass can be "near" water. I tried "continent", "island", and "peninsula" for that. Also, streams and creeks are basically the same thing as rivers. "Pond" should be acceptable for "lake" too. It would also be helpful if you numbered the hints, so you could go to the one labeled number 5 or something instead of counting the ones to see the hint you were relating to beforehand. Good quiz.
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level 81
Jul 10, 2015
I think "sound" should also be accepted for strait.
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level 27
May 15, 2012
I fixed both!
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level 46
Jul 30, 2012
Fun quiz. "Canal" seems to fit the definition for "straight" as well.
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level 27
Jul 30, 2012
I would see how you think that, but canals are manmade. Sorry!
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level ∞
Jul 30, 2012
Have to agree with llamaboy23. If the answer was canal, the clue would have said manmade.
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level 66
Aug 8, 2014
Manmade or not, canal does meet the description provided. It is a narrow body of water connecting two larger bodies of water.
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level 75
May 31, 2018
Another one here voting for canal and channel. There is no caveat that it has to be a natural landform and no reason to expect the clue would have to say "manmade". Besides, there are natural canals - Hood Canal, Casiquiare canal, etc. and one of the definitions of canal in Merriam-Webster is simply, "channel, watercourse". Definitions of channel include deep or wide strait, and channel and canal come from the same root word. Your Honor, the defense rests.
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level 77
Apr 19, 2019
a canal could just connect rivers together or run from a river to a lake so not connecting two larger bodies of water.
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level 29
Jul 30, 2012
Gorge for canyon?
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level 65
Sep 24, 2018
chasm? just wondering...
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level 71
Feb 20, 2019
I tried ravine.
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level 26
Jul 30, 2012
Why not gorge?
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level 49
Jul 30, 2012
Great quiz! Took me a while to figure out how to spell "strait"--I kept putting a "gh" in it and being puzzled that it wasn't accepted--but I eventually got it. This quiz was fun enough that you should consider doing a sequel, with all the landforms you left out of this first one. Cave, tundra, fjord, isthmus, etc.
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level 58
Jul 31, 2012
Consider accepting Butte for Mesa. The description given fits both.
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level 69
Nov 28, 2016
That's what I tried, +1
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level 76
Jan 31, 2019
Came here to suggest the same
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level 70
Mar 17, 2019
Yep.
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level 66
Aug 1, 2012
This kind of quiz is very ambiguous. :/ 5 could also be beach, 9 could be rift, ravine or gorge, 18 could be sound.
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level 34
Oct 26, 2012
For 5, not all coast is a beach. There are cliffs along many coasts that lead straight to the water, however, all beaches are coasts. 21/22. Missed sinkhole.
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level 73
Jul 8, 2017
Nope, there are many beaches on riverbanks
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level 72
Aug 1, 2012
This was fun, but like Zefyrinus said, pretty ambiguous. Jungle should count for forest, gorge has been mentioned, a polder is also a large (very) flat area of land.Other than that, big fun!
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level 12
Nov 5, 2012
20/22 I can't believe I didn't get Delta! Sinkhole would still have gotten me though.
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level 73
Jan 10, 2014
I tried mouth for delta at first.
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level 56
Oct 25, 2016
I tried mouth and estuary, could these be included?
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level 30
Jan 30, 2014
I think 'trench' should be accepted for 'canyon,' too.
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level 54
Nov 24, 2014
Trenches are much smaller than canyons. Normally only big enough for one or two people to fit in them facing back to back the short way.
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level 77
Apr 19, 2019
and then there's sea trenches (e.g. Mariana) which is not narrow and not between mountains, unless you count continents.
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level 35
Mar 17, 2014
On the last one, there is an error where it says "sideS", just to let you know.
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level 54
May 21, 2014
Is bluff different?
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level 81
May 26, 2014
I thought a mesa was a dry riverbed. Dunno why.
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level 72
Jun 15, 2014
Gorge should be allowed. I see someone asked for that in July 2012, nearly two years ago!
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level 17
Apr 12, 2015
What about butte for mesa? I think they are synonyms - aren't they?
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level 75
Apr 19, 2015
Usually a mesa is larger and often has standing water on top. I think basically a butte is what is left when most of a mesa erodes away. (Think of the landforms in Monument Valley.) Even though I got the correct answer, I agree the definition could be either one.
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level 50
Apr 18, 2015
The answer "coast" should also accept "beach".
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level 37
Apr 18, 2015
Not all 'areas of land bordering a sea' are beaches. They are all coasts though.
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level 77
Apr 18, 2015
What about littoral? Does it exist and does it mean coast in English?
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level 77
Apr 18, 2015
Nice quiz, but I'm perplexed about the sinkhole. Couldn't that also be an abyss or a pit cave?
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level 56
Apr 18, 2015
Blue hole is also a possible answer to #6.
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level 64
Apr 18, 2015
i missed forest, gulf, and cliff…. i'm so dumb
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level 58
Oct 12, 2015
Had to look up the difference between Delta and Estuary..
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level 69
May 21, 2016
Could you accept cenote and doline for sinkhole?
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level 42
Jul 22, 2016
awesome quizz
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level 18
Aug 5, 2017
Cenote should have been acceptable for sinkhole because that is the definition of cenote.
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level 10
Dec 19, 2017
ye shall just accept the darn quiz for how it is!!!!