backslope
   The hillslope profile position that forms the steepest and generally linear, middle portion of the slope. In profile, backslopes are commonly bounded by a convex shoulder above and a concave footslope below.
   They may or may not include cliff segments (i.e., free faces). Backslopes are commonly erosional forms produced by mass movement, colluvial action, and running water.
   Compare: summit, shoulder, footslope, toeslope.
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Glossary of landform and geologic terms. 2013.

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