discordant landscape

To be discordant is to be at variance, quarrelsome, in conflict, dissenting. For a landscape to achieve this contentious state, it must display topographical unconformity and eschew parallelism in its rivers, hills, and mountains. A discordant landscape features cross-cutting and intersecting relationships between its layers of rock rather than neat layering. In a discordant landscape—be it coastal or inland, a drainage basin or a mountain hollow—one element boldly goes against the grain, as do such unconventional individuals as artists, environmentalists, and other visionaries.

Donna Seaman