I think I found it, Andrew – Home Ground, Language for an American Landscape, edited by Barry Lopez, Trinity University Press – good words in there – krumholz…I think that was the one I remembered..I found it on the New York Times Book Review, search the Book Review since 1981 button, (NOT the whole New York Times…) and there is a pretty interesting review pops up – have not looked for that book anywhere else (amazon, or something) so that is all I know! (I put ‘land vocabulary’ for a search term..)
good luck –
the batter of a wall. (hee hee!~) footings is a funny word, really..eyelid dormer..friable soil..most of the construction words are fairly silly, when you think about it – rebars, brushed aggregate, vanishing edge, dbh or at the ‘flange’, drip-line, tip die-back, soil horizons, flemish bond (-age – just kidding!), pierced wall,
how’s that for a thought-train..anybody else going in that direction?