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South German Scarplands

Summary
The South German Scarplands is a geological and geomorphological natural region or landscape in Switzerland and the south German states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. The landscape is characterised by escarpments. It is variously referred to in the German literature as the:
  • Südwestdeutsche Schichtstufenland (Southwest German Scarplands)
  • Südwestdeutsche Schichtstufenlandschaft (Southwest German Scarp Landscape)
  • Schwäbisch-Fränkische(s) Schichtstufenland (Swabian-Franconian Scarpland(scape))
  • Süddeutsche(s) Schichtstufenland(schaft) (South German Scarpland(scape))
Location and short description The South German Scarplands run (from north(-northeast) to south(-southwest)) more or less between the southern Rhön, the Spessart, the Odenwald and the Black Forest in the west, the Franconian Jura in the east, the Swabian Jura to the southeast and the northeastern foothills of the Jura to the south. The wooded west and northwest-facing scarps drop sharply towards the Rh
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