flash flood

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A brief but powerful surge of water either over a surface (‘sheet flood’) or down a normally dry stream channel (‘stream flood’). Usually it is caused by heavy convectional rainfall of short duration, and is typical of semi-arid and desert environments.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.

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