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solifluction

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noun so·li·fluc·tion \ˈsō-lə-ˌflək-shən\

Definition of solifluction

  1. :  the slow creeping of saturated fragmental material (as soil) down a slope that usually occurs in regions of perennial frost



Origin of solifluction

Latin solum soil + -i- + fluction-, fluctio act of flowing, from fluere to flow — more at fluid


First Known Use: 1906


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