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Non-Marine Environments Alluvial Fans

Non-Marine Environments Alluvial Fans

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Published by: Prasanti Plaban Dash on Oct 30, 2010
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Non-marine environments
Alluvial Fans
The Start of the Sedimentary Cycle
Bedrock weathered away from upliftedareas (mountain ranges)Carried away in mountain streamsStart the process of building upsedimentary deposits.First of these deposits: Alluvial fans
How do alluvial fans form?
When a narrow (confined) canyon streamdisgorges onto a valley floor Sudden deceleration in flow and ingradient
 –Decreased ability in the stream to carrycoarser material: this is dropped.
Results in a cone-shaped deposit of coarse stream sediments, sheet flooddeposits and debris flows: Alluvial Fan

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