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Glossary on Rivers



Abrasion: occurs when larger load carried by the river hits the bed and banks, causing bits to break
off.

Aquifer: an underground reservoir of water stored in pores and/or joints in a rock. E.g. chalk.

Areas of water deficit: locations where the rain fall does not provide…

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Irrigation: artificial watering of the land.

Levees: raised banks along the course of a river in its lower course. They are formed naturally but can
be artificially increased in height.

Load: material of any size carried by the river, from dissolved and small such as clay to very large
boulders.…

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