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solifluction

[ soh-luh-fluhk-shuhn, sol-uh- ]
/ ˌsoʊ ləˈflʌk ʃən, ˌsɒl ə- /
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noun Geology.

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Origin of solifluction

1915–20; <Latin sol(um) soil + -i--i- + fluctiōn- a flowing (stem of fluctiō), equivalent to fluct(us) (see fluctuate) + -iōn--ion
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British Dictionary definitions for solifluction

solifluction

solifluxion

/ (ˈsɒlɪˌflʌkʃən, ˈsəʊlɪ-) /

noun

slow downhill movement of soil, saturated with meltwater, over a permanently frozen subsoil in tundra regions

Word Origin for solifluction

C20: from Latin solum soil + fluctio act of flowing
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