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Rivers Key Words

Erosion and Transport key words

TermDefinition
Hydraulic Action The power of the volume of water moving in the river.
Abrasion Occurs when larger load carried by the river hits the bed and banks, causing bits to break off.
Attrition Load carried by the river knocks into other parts of the load, so bits break off and make the material smaller and rounder.
Solution The dissolving of certain types of rock such as chalk and clay. Can be a type of erosion and transport.
Load Material carried by the river.
Traction The rolling along of the largest boulders and rocks.
Saltation The bouncing movement of small stones along the river bed.
Suspension Small material carried within the river.
Created by: hmuskett