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A watering hole is a depression where water collects and animals come to drink

A depression in geology is a landform sunken or depressed below the surrounding area. Depressions may be formed by various mechanisms.



  • A basin formed by glaciation – depressed by the weight of the ice sheet resulting in post-glacial rebound after the ice melts (the area adjacent to the ice sheet may be pulled down to create a peripheral depression.)[2]
  • Kettle: a shallow, sediment-filled body of water formed by melting glacial remnants in terminal moraine.[3]



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  1. ^ a b "Dictionary of Geologic Terms – B". geotech.org. Retrieved 2006-08-25. 
  2. ^ "Glossary of Important Terms in Glacial Geology – Peripheral Depression". Montana State University. 1999. Retrieved 2006-08-25.  Cites American Geological Institute's Glossary of Geology (3rd edition, revised in 1987).
  3. ^ "Dictionary of Geologic Terms – K". geotech.org. Retrieved 2006-08-26. 
  4. ^ "Dictionary of Geologic Terms – C". geotech.org. Retrieved 2006-08-25. 

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