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Vocabulary Term Details

Sedimentation

Definition (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedimentation)

Sedimentation is the tendency for particles in suspension to settle out of the fluid in which they are entrained, and come to rest against a barrier. This is due to their motion through the fluid in response to the forces acting on them: these forces can be due to gravity, centrifugal acceleration or electromagnetism. In geology sedimentation is often used as the polar opposite of erosion, i.e., the terminal end of sediment transport. (Wikipedia)

Preferred Units: N/A

Scope Note:
N/A

Broader TermsNarrower TermsRelated Terms
Physical phenomena
N/AErosion
Geology
Sediment pollution
Sediments

This term is used for the following terms: 
Geological sedimentation
Geological stratification
Sediment deposition
Siltation

Approved Date
22-Jul-2013

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