alluvial fan

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A mass of sediment deposited at some point at which there is a sharp decrease in gradient, e.g. between a mountain range and a plain. Essentially, a fan is the land-bound equivalent of a river-delta formation.

Subjects: Environmental Science — Biological Sciences.

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