neil.bell at helsinki.fi
Mon Sep 29 10:01:30 CDT 2008
I notice that "microslope" also has some hits in google.
Extrapolating from context, it seems that "macroslope" is used to mean
variation in elevation over a large area (i.e. at a course resolution),
while "microslope" is over a small area or at a fine resolution, i.e.
they are aspects of topography at different scales. Perhaps the
important thing is that a given point could exist on a macroslope of one
gradient and a microslope of another, and that both of these could be
I also wondered at first whether macro/micro could refer to magnitude of
gradient, but this doesn't seem to be how the words are used.
Alex Borisenko wrote:
> Hi Robin,
> The term 'macroslope' (in its Russian form - "макросклон") is actively
> used in Russian biogeographic literature in the meaning you had
> outlined, although there seem to be no 'official' definitions for it in
> any specialized Russain dictionaries (at least online), which is odd.
> Occurrences of the English word that I was able to confirm seem to
> originate from papers written by Russian authors, so I do not know if
> this qualifies as 'legitimate' usage. That said, this is a convenient
> way to define parts of large mountain systems with a certain aspect, so
> maybe it is about time to introduce the term anyway...
> Best wishes,
> Robin Leech wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> I found a Russian Geology paper that uses the word "macroslope".
>> Volodicheva, Natalya. [no date] #15. The Caucasus, p. 350-376, illust.
>> IN: Maria Shahgedanova (ed.). The Physical Geography of Northern
>> The text mentioned above is at least 1998, and "macroslope" is used but not
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>> From: "Frederick W Schueler" <bckcdb at istar.ca>
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>> Sent: Sunday, September 28, 2008 2:46 PM
>> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Macroslope
>>> Kleo Pullin wrote:
>>>> A while ago I came across this word in a beautiful book about Siberian
>>>> tigers. The book is, "Riding the Tiger: Tiger Conservation in
>>>> Human-Dominated Landscapes," edited by Richard Burge, John Seidensticker,
>>>> Sarah Christie, Peter Jackson. John Seidensticker is a big cat
>>>> conservationist at the Smithsonian and might know the word or know which
>>>> of the Russian authors of the papers to ask.
>>> * google gives 1080 hits, in many of which it's used as if it were a
>>> routine English word.
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