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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Footprints (or footmarks) are the impressions or images left behind by a person walking or running. Hoofprints and pawprints are those left by animals with hooves or paws rather than feet, while "shoeprints" is the specific term for prints made by shoes. They may either be indentations in the ground or something placed onto the surface that was stuck to the bottom of the foot. A "trackway" is set of footprints in soft earth left by a life-form; animal tracks are the footprints, hoofprints, or pawprints of an animal.

Footprints can be followed when tracking during a hunt or can provide evidence of activities. Some footprints remain unexplained, with several famous stories from mythology and legend. Others have provided evidence of prehistoric life and behaviours.

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Science and technology

  • Memory footprint refers to the amount of main memory that a computer program uses or references while running, or how much hard disk space a program takes up.
  • Ichnite, a fossilized footprint
  • In industrial design
    • The surface area of an item, usually horizontal surface area
  • In business and economics, figuratively: the scale of distribution of industrial output
  • Footprint (satellite), the area of the Earth's surface from which a satellite's signals can be received
  • Footprint (electronics), the layout of electronic connections on a printed circuit board
  • Ecological footprint: the environmental impact of a human activity, machine, etc.
    • Carbon footprint: the carbon dioxide released by a human activity into the atmosphere
  • Footprinting: the technique of gathering information about computer systems
  • Tent footprint or groundsheet protector, the separate flat groundsheet which goes underneath the main groundsheet of the tent

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