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  • Alluvial cone

    a fan-shaped alluvial deposit formed by a stream where its velocity is abruptly decreased, as at the mouth of a ravine or at the foot of a mountain. noun a fan-shaped accumulation of silt, sand, gravel, and boulders deposited by fast-flowing mountain rivers when they reach flatter land alluvial fan (ə-l’vē-əl) A fan-shaped mass of […]

  • Alluvial fan

    a fan-shaped alluvial deposit formed by a stream where its velocity is abruptly decreased, as at the mouth of a ravine or at the foot of a mountain. Historical Examples Steep valleys descend from the higher country to join the main valley and at the mouth of every tributary is an alluvial fan. The Andes […]



  • Alluvial mining

    noun a method of extracting minerals by dredging alluvial deposits Historical Examples Several of the alluvial mining companies are getting gold in increased quantities. A Boy’s Voyage Round the World The Son of Samuel Smiles

  • Alluvial plain

    a level or gently sloping surface formed of sediments laid down by streams, generally during flooding. Historical Examples Perhaps it is the nature of that alluvial plain that accounts also for so plentiful a harvest of mosquitoes. The Fortunate Isles Mary Stuart Boyd The stones at Beled had been the first signs that we were […]



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