In restoration ecology, we see statements like,

Roads will be re-contoured, ripped, or seeded if there is evidence of excessive erosion.

What is the meaning of contour here? I looked up some dictionaries (e,g, here), but I still don't understand what it means in the context.


From the dictionary in your link:

verb (used with object)


  1. to build (a road, railroad track, etc.) in conformity with the contour of the land.

The shape (ie. the height and slope) of the roads will be changed to match the adjacent ground.

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