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Landforms from Stream Erosion and Deposition

Elucidates how and where rivers erode and deposit sediments, including particles and dissolved ions.

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alluvial fan

alluvial fan

Curved, fan-shaped, coarse-sediment deposit that forms when a stream meets flat ground.
base level

base level

Where a stream meets a large body of standing water, usually the ocean.
bed load

bed load

Sediments moved by rolling or bumping along the stream bed.
competence

competence

A measure of the largest particle a stream can carry.
delta

delta

A triangular-shaped deposit of sediments that forms where a river meets standing water.
dissolved load

dissolved load

The elements carried in solution by a stream.
gradient

gradient

The slope of a stream.
meander

meander

A bend or curve in a stream channel.
saltation

saltation

The intermittent movement of bed load particles.
suspended load

suspended load

Solid particles that are carried in the main stream flow.

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