Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Loess Mao Landscape or Loess Round Hillock Landscape

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_1442
This is a peculiar and unique loess landscape of erosion consisting of isolated dome-shaped mounds that look like buns. Most mounds are the result of the erosion of the loess layer, but some form when the loess sediments cover ancient mound-shaped highlands. Loess maoes and liangs often appear together to form so-called liang-mao landforms. The relationship between loess yuan and liang represents the geomorphological evolution process associated with the erosion intensity of water on the loess deposits. On the vast Loess Plateau, circular loess maoes look like numerous buns dotting an ‘ocean’ of loess and hence add much interest to the unique landscape (Fig. 41).
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