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berm

A small ledge or shoulder of dirt with some type of vegetation, designed to control water runoff, hide something unsightly such as a power substation, or provide a noise-control buffer between busy streets and residential areas.

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There are a few downsides to living in a berm house.
If true, we would expect to observe a clear dichotomy in berm height between boxes with small and large holes.
Abdul-Kareem Ali Mahmoud, from Rakaba Hamandan, which is one of those villages, said they create barriers although "the area is not safe and we don't create berms until now because we have our people--groups of guards protecting the villages.
So, sometime this winter I might drain the pond, peel back about 12 inches of soil from around the edge and across the berm, and replace the plastic with pond liner.
Suddenly he lost his footing and went sliding down the other side of the berm.
The MINURSO MACC has identified Four principle objectives for the programme in Western Sahara, in keeping with the UN Inter-Agency Mine Action Strategy 2013-2018: 1) Protection of UN personnel, refugee, returnee and local populations from the threat of mines and ERW 2) Strengthen and expand existing local capacities to coordinate physical, psycho-social and economic rehabilitation and reintegration of mine/ERW survivors 3) UN personnel, humanitarian actors along with local and refugee populations can access land that was previously contaminated and/or perceived to be contaminated 4) Local capacity is improved to address mine/ERW threats on both sides of the berm.
Spectators at the rally sit atop an 8- to 10-foot-high earth berm that is supposed to stop out-of-control vehicles that get through a 2-foot-deep mudpit that runs alongside the racing lanes.
Given the soft nature of the sand and the size of the vehicle, it would have been easy for them to not sense that they had ran over something,'' Feiler said, adding the officers likely couldn't see the woman at the bottom of the berm.
On any lot--flat or sloping--a dry creek bed built into a berm can channel water in the right direction.
Next to the river, it was as close as 6 inches to the surface, so very little fill material was available for berm construction.
The numbers on this broad swath make it a landing strip, elevated, presumably on an earthen berm, just high enough that it hasn't yet slipped beneath the shimmering waters that cover neatly everything around it.