solifluction

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

Definition of solifluction

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

Origin and Etymology of solifluction

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


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