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This is a type of sandstone landform found in the semi-arid and semi-humid regions of temperate northern China. This landform develops in Proterozoic quartzite-like sandstone due to tectonic uplift and gravitational collapse. This landscape contains representative landforms, such as long and enormous cliffs, terraced planked footway-like cliffs, box-like gorges, urn-like valleys, canyons, mesas, sierras and pillars. The Zanhuang Zhangshiyan landform in Hebei Province is a famous typical well-developed example (Fig. 3).
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