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For the community in Quebec, Canada, see Alcove, Quebec.
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Drawing of an alcove.
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Alcove in sandstone, near Moab, Utah.

Alcove (/ælˈkv/ or /ˈælkv/; through Spanish: alcoba [alˈkoβa], from Arabic: القبة‎, meaning al-qubbah, "the vault") is an architectural term for a recess in a room, usually screened off by pillars, balustrades or drapery.[1]

In geography and geology, alcove is used for a wind-eroded depression in the side of a cliff of a homogenous rock type, famous from sandstones of the Colorado Plateau like the Navajo Sandstone.[2]

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References

  1. ^ 12px Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Alcove". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
  2. ^ http://www.geosciences.unl.edu/~dloope/LoopeGSAposter2.pdf

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