What Does Sedimentation Mean?


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Sedimentation is the process of the accumulation of geological or organic material deposited by air, water, or ice. It refers to formation of sediment. Thus sedimentation is the procedure that deposits soils, debris and other materials either on the ground surfaces or in bodies of water or watercourses. Sedimentation can smother incubating eggs and fish food-organisms that live on the surface of a stream bed. Thus sedimentation is the deposition by settling of a suspended material in literal terms.

Sedimentation is a natural event and results from erosion of the land and reef. Regions with high natural sedimentation rates, like river mouths generally have coral reefs near them. Sedimentary rocks are formed as a result of sedimentation. Crude oil is also found near the area where sedimentation has occurred or in sedimentary rocks.

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