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Conservation Choices: Terraces
A terrace is an earthen embankment constructed across a field slope. They break long slopes into shorter ones – usually following the contour.
There are two basic types of terraces—storage terraces and gradient terraces. Storage terraces collect water and store it until it can infiltrate into the ground or release through a stable outlet.
Gradient terraces are designed as a channel to slow runoff water and carry it to a stable outlet.
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