talus, deposit of rock fragments detached from cliffs or mountain slopes by weathering and piled up at their bases. A talus is a common geologic feature in regions of high cliffs. The angle of slope of a talus is rarely greater than 40°. The constant weathering to which a talus is subjected, which breaks the rock fragments into finer pieces, and the impact of new material being added from above give the base of the talus a tendency to creep and slide. The term talus is often used to refer to the fragments themselves.
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See also

  • Talos, a bronze giant in Greek mythology
  • Talos IV, a planet in the Star Trek universe
  • Tallus, a communications device in the Marvel comic book Exiles

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