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.
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
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