Difference Between Delta and Alluvial FAngreenspun.com : LUSENET : Introductory Geology, Oswego State : One Thread
What is the difference between a delta and a alluvial fan?
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A delta forms when a river empties into a larger body of water. An alluvial fan forms on land where a river emerges from a mountainous area and flows out onto a more gently sloping plain. The decrease in slope causes the river to decelerate and deposit sediment, forming an alluvial fan.
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