alluvial fan

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Definition of alluvial fan 

: the alluvial deposit of a stream where it issues from a gorge upon a plain or of a tributary stream at its junction with the main stream

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From mid-February to mid-April, the bloom can best be seen at lower elevations on alluvial fans and foothills. Diana Bruk, Country Living, "A Rare "Superbloom" Is Blanketing Death Valley With Wildflowers," 17 Feb. 2016 Of greater concern is the placement of houses and other structures on the alluvial fans where streams have been depositing sediment and rapidly changing their course over many thousands of years. Lee Macdonald, Washington Post, "Those deadly mudslides you’ve read about? Expect worse in the future.," 20 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of alluvial fan

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alluvial fan was in 1862

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