The Valleys ClipArt gallery provides 23 illustrations of low areas of land, usually between hills or maintains. These depressions are typically formed by a river or glacier. Other names for valleys include dales, dells, glens, ravines, gorges, gullies, or hollows.

This illustration shows a perspective view and a vertical section of an anticline. It shows the half-cigar-shaped mountains of the hard rocks and the arches formed by the beds.

Anticline

This illustration shows a perspective view and a vertical section of an anticline. It shows the half-cigar-shaped…

"Cumberland Gap and Heights, Tenn., from the Kentucky side. Cumberland Gap was a place of such importance during the war as to be constantly the object of operations on both sides, who indeed alternately held it. Like Harper's Ferry, it was deemed a strategic point of great value; but the fact that no action took place, and that its evacuation was compelled by distinct movements, tend to modify this idea. It is a natural gap in a mountain, 80 miles long, or rather the only natural gap, although other points bear that name. Cumberland Gap is 150 miles southeast of Lexington, Ky. The mountain is here 1,200 feet high, but the notch is a cut nearly two-thirds of this, the road through the gap being only 400 feet high. On the southern or Tennessee side this mountain is abrupt, and in some places perpendicular, and the summit almost inaccessible, except through the gap. The northern or Kentucky side is more irregular, breaking off in a sucession of smaller mountains and hills to the Valley of the Cumberland. Our sketch shows the Kentucky side."— Frank Leslie, 1896

Cumberland Gap

"Cumberland Gap and Heights, Tenn., from the Kentucky side. Cumberland Gap was a place of such importance…

"A reconnoitring detachment of General Banks's cavalry, Hyattstown, Md., in the distance. There are few sights more picturesque than a detachment of cavalry winding along the road to some quiet little village. Nature and man seem then so little in harmony that the contradiction becomes strikingly attractive. Our illustration represents a scene of this kind- a detachment of Federal cavalry, sent by order of General Banks, reconnoitring in the neighborhood of Hyattstown, a post village of Montgomery County, Md., and situated on Bennett's Creek, about thirty-six miles to the northwest of Washington." —Leslie, 1896

Cavalry of General Banks

"A reconnoitring detachment of General Banks's cavalry, Hyattstown, Md., in the distance. There are…

A Hollow is a land form where land falls on all sides to a minimum point.

Hollow

A Hollow is a land form where land falls on all sides to a minimum point.

An view of Hot Springs, Arkansas which is nestled in a valley between two mountains. Hot Springs is traditionally known for the natural spring water that gives it its name, flowing out of the ground at a temperature of 147 degrees Fahrenheit. Also is the home town of former President Bill Clinton.

Hot Springs, Arkanasas

An view of Hot Springs, Arkansas which is nestled in a valley between two mountains. Hot Springs is…

Landscape with rainbow and sheep.

Landscape

Landscape with rainbow and sheep.

An illustration of a man standing on a ledge of Lookout Mountain looking over a valley. Lookout Mountain, actually a plateau at the northwest corner of Georgia, the northeast corner of Alabama, and along the southern border of Tennessee near Chattanooga. It is one of the southernmost ridge mountains of the Appalachians.

Landscape

An illustration of a man standing on a ledge of Lookout Mountain looking over a valley. Lookout Mountain,…

Valley of the Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. A typical U-shaped glaciated valley.

Lauterbrunnen

Valley of the Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. A typical U-shaped glaciated valley.

"View from Loudon Heights, Va., showing Harper's Ferry, Maryland Heights, Bolivar, etc. Harper's Ferry, immortalized by the pen of Jefferson, became too often the scene of stirring events during the Civil War to require a long description, and we give a fine engraving of it to enable our readers to understand fully the operations that took place there. The view shows Maryland Heights, and on the other side Harper's Ferry, with the railroad and pontoon bridges. The place in the foreground is Bolivar, and the river runs in the gorge between it and Maryland Heights. This sketch was made by an artist who spent several days examining the neighborhood so as to give the best possible view of a point deemed so strategically important."— Frank Leslie, 1896

Loudon Heights

"View from Loudon Heights, Va., showing Harper's Ferry, Maryland Heights, Bolivar, etc. Harper's Ferry,…

A mountain pass with a caravan passing through it.

Mountain-Pass

A mountain pass with a caravan passing through it.

Diagram showing the junction of the Oatka and Dale Valleys near Warsaw. The Dale is a hanging valley on the side of the over-deepened Oatka.

Oatka and Dale Valleys

Diagram showing the junction of the Oatka and Dale Valleys near Warsaw. The Dale is a hanging valley…

The Wimbach ravine resides at the entrance of the Wimbach valley, one of the 3 main valleys of the national park Berchtesgaden at the foot of Mt. Watzmann and Mt. Hochkalter. The ravine, a geological sighting and an impressing natural spectacle, is considered a romantic natural monument.

Wimbach Ravine

The Wimbach ravine resides at the entrance of the Wimbach valley, one of the 3 main valleys of the national…

"View of the town of Strasburg, valley of the Shenandoah, occupied by the Federal forces under General Banks, March 25th, 1862.  Towns which had hitherto remained buried in obscurity and pleasant foilage were suddenly converted into places of national importance. Strasburg, through whose rural streets the resounding tramp of two hostile armies had passed, was a post village of Shenandoah County, Va., on the north fork of Shenandoah River and on the Manassas Gap Railroad, eighteen miles southwest of Winchester. It had three churches and a population of about eight hundred persons. It was occupied by General Banks's division of th Federal army immediately after the battle of Winchester." —Leslie, 1896

Strasburg

"View of the town of Strasburg, valley of the Shenandoah, occupied by the Federal forces under General…

"Thoroughfare Gap, Va., a pass in the mountains on the Manassas Gap Railroad, near Strasburg, held by General Geary. This famous natural break in that part of the mountain ridge called Bull Run Mountain is about nine miles northeast of Warrenton, forty-seven miles southwest of Washington, and one hundred and twenty-four miles from Richmond. The western side is of granite, covered with soil, on which trees grow up to the summit. On the east side is the Gap, which has been called the Virginia Thermopylae, since a few determined men might hold it against thousands. This splendid defense caught the eye of General Geary, and had there been a necessity to act on the defensive he had resolved there to make his stand. The rocks lie scattered around in such wild confusion as to suggest the idea of being the result of some convulsion of nature. Near the Gap is a spring, issuing from under an immense rock, of the purest and coldest water, which is neither increased nor diminished in any season. It stands on the roadside, and is called by travelers 'The Diamond Spring in Palestine.'"— Frank Leslie, 1896

Thoroughfare Gap

"Thoroughfare Gap, Va., a pass in the mountains on the Manassas Gap Railroad, near Strasburg, held by…

An image of a valley between mountains.

Valley

An image of a valley between mountains.

A pretty lake in a valley.

Valley

A pretty lake in a valley.

If land falls to a minimum line with a steady slope, the land form created is called a valley.

Valley

If land falls to a minimum line with a steady slope, the land form created is called a valley.

An image of what a regular valley would look like if it were cut to make a plateau and lowlands.

Valley

An image of what a regular valley would look like if it were cut to make a plateau and lowlands.

"By downward corrasion a stream cuts a steep-sided trench of its own width, but weathering, gravitation, and the wash of the rain widen it and make the sides sloping." a, a young V-shaped valley; b and c, deeper; d, flood-plain condition. -Dryer, 1901

Valley Development

"By downward corrasion a stream cuts a steep-sided trench of its own width, but weathering, gravitation,…

"If the strata are not horizontal, various unsymmetrical forms are produced." -Dryer, 1901

Usymmetrical Valley Development

"If the strata are not horizontal, various unsymmetrical forms are produced." -Dryer, 1901

Diagram illustrating the relation of the Dansville to the Wayland Valleys. The floor of the Wayland Valley at Wayland has an elevation of 1372 feet. Its continuation on the extreme left hand of the diagram is 1300 feet. The elevation of the Dansville Valley at Dansville is 700 feet. Both valleys are partially filled by drift. The streams which dissect the Wayland Valley have cut narrow gorges in the rock bottom.

Wayland Valleys

Diagram illustrating the relation of the Dansville to the Wayland Valleys. The floor of the Wayland…

Wilbad Kreuth is a quiet little town located in the mountains of Bavaria. Early in the sixteenth century, possibly in the latter part of the fifteenth century, the place where the modern town or village now stands was owned by the Abbey of Terganese, and the invalid monks of the brotherhood came from distant monasteries to for their health. They drank in the invigorating air from the mountains, and read their missal under the shade of the trees in the valley. In the Emperor's day the little town became a miniature court with many coming for the health benefits they believed it offered.

Wilbad Kreuth

Wilbad Kreuth is a quiet little town located in the mountains of Bavaria. Early in the sixteenth century,…

Yosemite Valley is a world-famous scenic location in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. It is the centerpiece of Yosemite National Park, attracting visitors from all parts of the globe.

The Yosemite Valley, from Artist Point

Yosemite Valley is a world-famous scenic location in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. It is…