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Deep, tapering cleft, normally a solution-widened joint, cut into the surface of a near-level area of hard limestone. In north-western Yorkshire, England, it may be 15–60 cm wide at the surface, and commonly 0.5–3 m deep. The deepest grikes form where several joints intersect, and may develop into shallow caves. See also clint.

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