How would one write the expression "lowlands" in contemporary Latin? Would it be like in Spanish, terra bassa, or would it be something like terra subiecta or even terra infera?

I would prefer an answer with a source, if possible, but if you do not have one, an educated guess is more than welcome. I personally find terra infera reminds me too much of the netherworld or something of the sort, but I am not sure of the value of the other options.

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    I don't know how well they researched it, but the game developers of Imperator Rome used "infera" for some province names.
    – Nickimite
    Mar 18, 2020 at 20:39

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I don't have a source other than Lewis & Short, but possibly the classical convallis or vallis could be put to use.

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    It seems good, but couldn't that be confused with a valley? Maybe something like Terrae Vallium? I also just found this link: la.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terra_baixa It is a play called "lowlands" and the wiki author translates lowlands as terra demissa.
    – Victor BC
    Mar 17, 2020 at 18:13
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    Yes it can be confused with valley, but very few languages have as many words as English, and their words cover more ground (pun intended)
    – C Monsour
    Mar 18, 2020 at 0:49
  • True, and in most cases I would agree with you.After all, context matters, so there are many words that mean one thing and can mean another in a different context.My main problem though is the differentiation of the two meanings, because they are essentially very different things.In the case of lowlands, we are talking about lands that are closer to the sea in height.Like when we speak of the Netherlands.But when we talk about a valley we are talking about a land that is between mountains or hills.I would hesitate in using a word for valley because of such dissimilarities.Does that make sense?
    – Victor BC
    Mar 18, 2020 at 1:12
  • Just to add to what I said, because of the character count constraints: They have very different meaning, but are employed in the same context (geography).
    – Victor BC
    Mar 18, 2020 at 1:13

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