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    "gorge" vs "ravine"

    What's the difference between a "gorge" and a "ravine"?
    Ta


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    #2

    Re: "gorge" vs "ravine"

    Nothing - two different words for the same thing: deep, narrow valleys with steep sides, usually amongst mountains

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    Re: "gorge" vs "ravine"

    A ravine is smaller than a gorge, which is also a canyon.

    Ravine photos here: ravine - Google Image Search

    Gorge photos here: gorge - Google Image Search

    Canyon photos here: canyon - Google Image Search

    All the best.

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    Re: "gorge" vs "ravine"

    Oops. Anglika, I didn't see you there.

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    #5

    Re: "gorge" vs "ravine"

    Casiopea:

    Are those your conclusions from the pictures or did you find a textual source?

    Collins COBUILD also defines gorge and ravine as being the same thing.

    According to Cambridge:

    Ravine:
    "a deep narrow valley with steep sides"

    Gorge:
    "a deep narrow valley with steep sides, usually formed by a river or stream cutting through hard rock"

    So the only difference is that gorge has this extra bit about being formed by a river or a stream. Although I think ravines are formed the same way as gorges.


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    Re: "gorge" vs "ravine"

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Oops. Anglika, I didn't see you there.
    I was lurking in the ravine

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    #7

    Re: "gorge" vs "ravine"

    According to the dictionary of topographic forms:

    "A gorge or ravine"

    Although according to the Word Reference forum:

    "
    a canyon is a narrow chasm with steep cliff walls formed by running water; a gorge is a deep narrow passage with steep rocky sides formed by running water; a ravine is a deep narrow steep-sided valley formed by running water"

    Unfortunately, the user doesn't provide his source.

    I've googled for a while and most websites seem to consider gorge and ravine as interchangeable terms.

    With all due respect, I personally believe that gorge and ravine are the same.

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    #8

    Re: "gorge" vs "ravine"

    I wonder how many dictionaries have been to a ravine or a gorge?

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    Re: "gorge" vs "ravine"

    I'm hoping someone will come up with an acceptable answer.


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    #10

    Re: "gorge" vs "ravine"

    I think that gorge and ravine are used regionally. I live in an area with a lot of gorges, so I speak from personal experience (although I am not an authority in either geology or English grammar). All of the gorges have running water in the bottom of them, almost as a definition.

    I do not hear, and I never use, the word ravine. I think that a ravine would be formed by water, but it might not always have running water in it at all times.

    Just "my two cents."

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