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A general term for the transfer of material across the surface and down a hillslope as a result of rainfall. Normally it consists of two components: rain-splash, which is the detachment and subsequent downslope transfer of small soil particles by raindrop impact; and soil-wash, which is the downslope movement of material by surface water flow. Rain-wash and creep are the two main hillslope processes.

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