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Alluvial Sediment

Definition of the noun alluvial sediment

What does alluvial sediment mean as a name of something?


  1. clay or silt or gravel carried by rushing streams and deposited where the stream slows down
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • synonyms of alluvial sediment: alluvial deposit / alluvion / alluvium
    • more generic words: deposit / sediment = matter that has been deposited by some natural process
    • more specific words:
      • delta = a low triangular area of alluvial deposits where a river divides before entering a larger body of water
      • placer = an alluvial deposit that contains particles of some valuable mineral
    • substance: alluvial soil = a fine-grained fertile soil deposited by water flowing over flood plains or in river beds

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Geomorphology (2013)

by Andrew Goudie

Alluvial sediment originates ultimately from the breakdown (weathering) of preexisting rocks on land. This sediment is then transported downslope by mass wasting, overland water flow, river flow and floodplain flow, and deposited in areas of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Quaternary Science (2006)

In this way, caves are very similar to terraces; they both indicate past river levels and contain alluvial sediment. Caves ...



Egypt is literally, what Herodoto- termed it, ' the gift of the Nile,' iiuron lou potamou ; for it extends only so far as the annual inundation of the river spreads its layer of alluvial sediment, brought down from the washing of the Abyssinian mountains ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Science for Gardeners (2015)

6000 Scientific Terms Explored and Explained by Michael Allaby

underflow The flow of groundwater through an alluvial sediment along a channel that is lower than and parallel to a river channel. underwings See Noctuidae. undulate With wavy margins.

Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)

by Various

alluvial sediment: the threads stretched out lengthwise in a loom to be crossed by a woof: a rope usedin towing.—adj.Warped, twisted by shrinking: perverted.— ns.War′per; War′ping; War′pingbank, a bank to retain water in the process ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia of the Useful Arts (1848)

alluvial sediment not less than twelve feet for the sediment must have time to consolidate and deep. They were ploughed fourteen or sixteen years Submquent , dry before the ground can be cultivated with any pros- before they became fitted ...

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