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A landscape from the Pannonian Plain - Farm on the Hortobágy, Hungary

In geography, a plain is a large area of land with relatively low relief. Plains may be more suitable for farming than plateaus or mountains.

Types of plains

  • Abyssal plain, a flat or very gently sloping area of the deep ocean basin floor.
  • Alluvial plain, formed by the deposition of alluvial soil over a long period of time by a river coming from the mountains.
  • Coastal plain, an area of flat, low-lying land adjacent to a sea coast and separated from the interior by other features.
  • Flood plain, flat or nearly flat land adjacent to a stream or river that experiences occasional or periodic flooding.
  • Fluvial plain
  • Lacustrine plain, a plain that originally formed in a lacustrine environment, that is, as the bed of a lake
  • Lava plain, an expanse of land where lava is flowing.
  • Scroll plain, an area where a river meanders with a very low gradient.
  • Till plain, a flat plain of glacial till that forms when a sheet of ice becomes detached from the main body of a glacier and melts in place depositing the sediments it carried.

See also

  • Field
  • Flooded grasslands and savannas
  • Flood-meadow
  • Grassland
  • Meadow
  • Pasture
  • Plateau
  • Prairie
  • Rangeland
  • Savanna
  • Steppe
  • Water-meadow
  • Wet meadow
  • Veld

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