Terrace

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1. a series of flat platforms of soil on the side of a hill, rising one above the other.

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The use of terraces for farming.
Source: http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/geography/terracefarming.htm

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Using terraces in farming can prevent erosion.
Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/758899.stm