accelerated erosion

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An increased rate of erosion above natural levels. This can be natural (for example, caused by hurricane damage) but is often caused directly or indirectly by human activities. It removes soil much faster than soil naturally develops and can lead to serious environmental damage, both where it occurs (because it reduces plant productivity and can lead to mass movement of soils and sediments) and downslope or downstream where it is deposited (where it can, for example, infill reservoirs and lakes, change river channels and increase the growth of a delta).

Subjects: Environmental Science.

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