Many follow the island's 1,365 miles of irrigation channels, called levadas, stretches of which run along steep slopes with precipitous drops to one side.
The precipitous fall in the stock market has been one contributing factor to this reassessment.
Since the 1960s we have witnessed a precipitous increase in the number of marriages ending in divorce.
Amazingly, all were dragged three kilometres up the precipitous slopes by manpower.
If our foreign policies are rash, precipitous and not objectively thought out they will harm us domestically.
Unfortunately, he then experienced one of the most precipitous declines in major league history.
The resulting precipitous decline in living standards has created conditions in which virtually everyone involved in the February 29 shooting can be described as a victim.
The result is families under siege, war in the streets, the precipitous decline of the rule of law, the rapid rise of corruption, the loss of civility and the triumph of deceit.
The view is mind-boggling, with a precipitous drop into the defile of the Lairig Ghru, the great pass that splits the Cairngorms, linking Aviemore and Braemar.
His speech highlighted the growing threat that his administration will launch a new, precipitous military adventure in the near future.