solifluction
noun Etymology: Latin solum soil + -i- + fluction-, fluctio act of flowing, from fluere to flow — more at fluid Date: 1906 the slow creeping of saturated fragmental material (as soil) down a slope that usually occurs in regions of perennial frost

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  • solifluction — [säl΄ə fluk′ shən, sō΄lifluk′shən] n. a more rapid form of soil creep, often found near a glacier, in which saturated soil slips over hard or frozen layers …   English World dictionary

  • Solifluction — In geology, solifluction, also known as soil fluction or soil creep , is a type of mass wasting where waterlogged sediment slowly moves downslope over impermeable material. It can occur in any climate where the ground is saturated by water,… …   Wikipedia

  • solifluction — solifluxion ou, moins bien, solifluction [sɔliflyksjɔ̃] n. f. ÉTYM. Av. 1923 (Larousse); angl. solifluction (1906, Andersson); du lat. solum « sol », et fluctio « écoulement ». ❖ ♦ Géol. Glissement du s …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • solifluction —    Slow, viscous downslope flow of water saturated regolith. Rates of flow vary widely. The presence of frozen substrate or even freezing and thawing is not implied in the original definition. However, one component of solifluction can be creep… …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

  • solifluction — /soh leuh fluk sheuhn, sol euh /, n. Geol. creep (def. 17a). [1915 20; < L sol(um) soil + i I + fluction a flowing (s. of fluctio), equiv. to fluct(us) (see FLUCTUATE) + ion ION] * * * …   Universalium

  • solifluction — noun Soil creep caused by waterlogged soil on top of an impermeable layer slowly moving downhill …   Wiktionary

  • solifluction —   a mass movement of soil in periglacial areas when upper layers thaw in summer and are lubricated in comparison to the permafrost below …   Geography glossary

  • solifluction —    The slow flowage of mud streams in arctic regions …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • solifluction — [ˌsɒlɪ flʌkʃ(ə)n, ˌsəʊlɪ ] noun Geology the gradual movement of wet soil down a slope. Origin early 20th cent.: from L. solum soil + fluctio(n ) flowing , from fluere to flow …   English new terms dictionary

  • solifluction — soli·fluction …   English syllables

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