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soil creep

noun, Geology.
creep of soil on even slopes; often accelerated by spring freeze-and-thaw or general periglacial conditions.
Compare creep (def 22a).
Origin of soil creep
First recorded in 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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British Dictionary definitions for soil creep

soil creep

the gradual downhill movement, under the force of gravity, of soil and loose rock material on a slope
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