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  1. [geography] The highest cliff of a glacial cirque.
  2. [geology] The steep cliff at the back of a cirque.
  3. [context: civil engineering] A retaining wall at the outlet of a drain or culvert.


Headwall: In physical geography and geology the headwall of a glacial cirque is its highest cliff.

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Google previewBackcountry Skiing Utah (2015)

A Guide to the State's Best Ski Tours by Tyson Bradley

the 5,000-foot Coalpit Headwall is a highly coveted jewel of the Central...

Google previewHuman-Centered Design of E-Health Technologies: Concepts, Methods and Applications (2010)

Concepts, Methods and Applications by Ziefle, Martina

CASE STUDY 1: TOWARD A NURSE-FRIENDLY PATIENT ROOM HEADWALL The headwall is a critical element of any hospital patient room. It is typically located behind the patient's bed, either built directly into the wall or attached as a ...

Google previewHiking the North Cascades (2009)

A Guide to More Than 100 Great Hiking Adventures by Erik Molvar

Above the lower headwall is a hanging basin of alpine tundra and frost-shattered rock. The path steepens as it zigzags up the talus to reach Easy Pass and the boundary of North Cascades National Park. Here, loose groves of subalpine larch ...

Google previewGillean Daffern's Kananaskis Country Trail Guide - 4th Edition (2011)

Volume 1: Kananaskis Valley—Kananaskis Lakes—Elk Lakes—The Smith-Dorrien by Gillean Daffern

Below the headwall is an island ofmeadow and trees, which makes a logical turnaround point.

Google previewFundamentals of Technical Rescue (2009)

by Robert Rhea, International Association of Fire Chiefs, Brian Rousseau

The Headwall is a favorite late spring/early summer ski area. At an altitude of 11,000 feet, the area is truly wilderness. No humans live there; they only visit. There are no phones or cell phone service. Even radio communication is limited to the ...

Google previewSelected Climbs in the Cascades Vol 2, 2nd Ed.

The Lava Glacier Headwall is a true north-facing route, much more so than the Adams Glacier, the other outstanding glacier route on Mount Adams. That gives this route the correct aspect for good snow conditions, which is hard snow.

Google previewBest Climbs Cascade Volcanoes (2012)

by Jeff Smoot

Crevasse conditions approaching the headwall are often a determining factor in a successful ascent; in some seasons the glacier is so badly crevassed that reaching the headwall is a near impossible task. In late season a bergschrund ...

Google previewBest Easy Day Hikes Aspen (2002)

by Tracy Salcedo

Headwall is an intimidating word, but it's a brief climb, and more than worth the effort. Depart from the parking lot on the highest path that wanders through the wildflowers on the western shore of Maroon Lake. Wander through aspen groves to ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Quaternary Science (2013)

by Scott Elias, Cary Mock

The exposed permafrost commonly forms a steep headwall ranging from20°to 90 °(Figure 8(a)),while the thawedmaterials accumulate in a more gentle footslopeof inclination between 3° and 15°, stretchingfrom the footof the headwall ...

Google previewRSMeans Illustrated Construction Dictionary (2012)

by RSMeans

headstone headwall The wall, usually of concrete or masonry, at the outlet side of a drain or culvert, serving as a retaining ...

Google previewThe Climbing Dictionary (2011)

Mountaineering Slang, Terms, Neologisms & Lingo: An Illustrated Reference by Matt Samet

headwall n : A blank, monolithic pane that rears up above the surrounding terrain ; a perfect example is the headwall of El Capitan's Salathé Wall. heady adj:Scary, perilous, heads-up climbing. Usage: “Tuolumne Meadows has heady slabs ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Geography (2010)

by Barney Warf

undercutting of the headwall; (3) plunge pool directly below the headcut; (4) steep gully sidewall; (5) agricultural road favoring runoff production and concentration; (6) sparsely ...

Google previewInstant encyclopaedia of geography (1993)

by Shatrughna Prasad Sinha

SPS: Lithic Cryorthent (headwall soil), Pergelic Cryoboralf over Pergelic Cryochrept (nivation hollow soil). The headwall soil that forms at the back of the snowbank is the least developed alpine soil and is basically a thin, sandy A horizon ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Earth Sciences (1976)

by S.E. Stiegeler

A deep narrow chasm frequently found in *cirques in which the upper part of the “ cirque glacier has become separated from the rock headwall. They were formerly believed to be 32 the most favourable sites for *freezethaw activity, which ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Physical Geography (2015)

by David S. G. Thomas

headwall A steep, arcuate slope around the head of a CIRQUE or ...

Google previewThe Mountain Encyclopedia (2005)

An A to Z Compendium of Over 2,250 Terms, Concepts, Ideas, and People by Frederic Hartemann, Robert Hauptman

A good example is the Aiguille d'Argentière: the normal route, opened in 1864 by Whymper and Croz, used the north ridge because, at the time, the current normal route using the 45-degree headwall of the Glacier du Milieu, was much harder ...

Google previewDictionary of Geological Terms (1984)

by Robert Latimer Bates, Julia A. Jackson

headwall A steep slope at the head of a valley; esp. the rock cliff at the back of a cirque. headward erosion The lengthening of a young valley or gully by erosion at the valley head; it is accomplished by rainwash, gullying, spring ...

Google previewDictionary of Geography (2013)

by Malcolm Skinner, David Redfern, Geoff Farmer

A cirque has a steep headwall to the rear, a bowl-shaped rock basin in its center (sometimes occupied by a small circular lake called a tarn ), ...

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Small photo of male ice climber stands at the headwall of a long and steep waterfall in the AlpsSmall photo of male ice climber stands at the headwall of a long and steep waterfall in the AlpsSmall photo of The Stanley Headwall, Alberta, CanadaSmall photo of The maple leaf of the Canadian Flag flutters in a brisk wind. In the background, the main glacier of Mount Andromeda tumbles from the summit headwall.Small photo of The headwall of the cirque that looms over Iceberg Lake. The cliffs on the mountains form a perfect ampitheater around the lake. Shadows from clouds provide contrast. In black and white.Small photo of One hiker walking towards Iceberg Lake in Glacier National Park. The headwall of the valley is a perfect bowl formed by cliffs with hanging glaciers; the ice calves off to form icebergs in the lake.Small photo of Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park. The headwall of the valley is in the background with several waterfalls that are cascading down the cliffs from glaciers above. More...

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Headwall Meaning

Video shows what headwall means. The highest cliff of a glacial cirque.. The steep cliff at the back of a cirque.. A retaining wall at the outlet of a drain or culvert.

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The value of this 8-letter word is 15 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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