Sediments

Business / Agriculture / Sediments: Particulate material, including soil, sand, and minerals, transported and deposited by water or wind (see erosion). Waterborne sediments cloud the water diminishing sunlight available to aquatic plants: sediments deposited in reservoirs, rivers, and harbors destroy fish and wildlife habitat and may fill shipping channels. Farming, mining, and building and construction activities that expose soil to wind and rain are major sources of sediments.

Detrital

Science / Geology / Detrital: A word used in reference to sediments or sedimentary rocks that are composed of particles that were transported and deposited by wind, water or ice. MORE

Pediment

Science / Geology / Pediment: A broad, gently sloping erosional surface of low local relief adjacent to an eroding cliff or mountain range. The area is likely covered with sediments. MORE

Gravel

Health / Disease / Gravel: A disease characterized by small stones which are formed in the kidneys, passed along the ureters to the bladder, and expelled with the urine. Synonym MORE

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