Alluvial and Fluvial

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      Sharlene MacCoy
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        Is there a difference between alluvial and fluvial modes of deposition, or are they two terms to describe the same thing?

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        Mario Tenuta
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          Alluvial refers to material moved and deposited by water whereas Fluvial refers to material moved and deposited by a river or stream. There can be instances were water moves and deposits materials but it isn’t actually a river or stream. This can be the case in mountain areas or right at the terminus of a glacier. Alluvium is not well sorted like fluvial material. take care, Mario

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