The filling in of lakes, reservoirs, stream channels, and so on with soil particles, mainly sand and silt.
The soil particles come from erosion, which generally results from poor or inadequate soil conservation practices in connection with agriculture, mining, and development.
  1. The process where particles suspended in solution settle out of the solution and to the bottom of the container. This can occur by gravity alone, or by centrifugation (high-speed spinning).

  2. A sedimentological (geological) term for the settling of particles suspended in moving water into layers over time in the same location to form sedimentary deposits.

From the BioTech Dictionary at http://biotech.icmb.utexas.edu/. For further information see the BioTech homenode.

Sed`i*men*ta"tion (?), n.

The act of depositing a sediment; specifically Geol., the deposition of the material of which sedimentary rocks are formed.

 

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