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Joseph Antoine Ferdinand, Belgian physicist, 1801-1883. See: Plateau-Talbot law.


A flat elevated segment of a graphic record.


1. An elevated and usually flat area; a steady and consistent fever appears as a plateau on the patient's chart of vital signs.
2. The stage in training or skill acquisition when progress occurs at a very slow or flat rate in comparison with earlier phases.

ventricular plateau

The flat portion of the record of intraventricular pressure during the end of the ejection phase of ventricular systole.
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Downslope movements of angular rubble have been common over time along the talus slopes of the north side of the Tablelands, but most steep slopes covered by coarse rubble show little sign of movement of loose rocks during past decades.
1] of soil mass suggests greater root growth near the surface, which has been reported for high stocking rates on the New England Tableland (Greenwood and Hutchinson 1998).
A newly discovered silcrete quarry at Ogres Thumb on the Consuelo Tableland in the Central Queensland Highlands is in fine-grained grain-supported silcrete that formed beneath the mid-Tertiary basalt capping the tableland.
After doves symbolizing peace had been released, the procession wound its way down from the tableland, through the streets of Panchgani, to Asia Plateau, the Asian centre for Moral Re-Armament.
The inscription of Jugurtha Tableland on UNESCO preliminary list is of scientific importance for Tunisia has not so far had an archaeological spot that is both a natural and cultural site inscribed.
These results are commonly reported for Coastal Tableland soils, which usually have vertical textural contrasts from sandy surface horizons to clayey subsurface horizons.
So, the summit of this mysterious tableland remained unvisited, and fascination and intrigue continued to grow.
Gale and Haworth (2002) offer the tantalising possibility that the arrival of European settlers, before official occupation on the New England Tableland, brought about detectable and substantial environmental change, in particular sediment erosion.
Cairns, though, had little to recommend itself apart from the mountain backdrop and the Atherton tableland about an hour's drive away.
And thousands of feet deep, currents of magma (molten rock) flow and churn under the volcanic tableland.
Even higher, isolated now as a mesa, is a great level tableland, a much older pause-point left from the time when the basins were filled and only peaks were uncovered.