Definition of solifluction in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsɒlɪˈflʌkʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun] Geology
The gradual movement of wet soil or other material down a slope, especially where frozen subsoil acts as a barrier to the percolation of water.
Example sentences
  • In contrast to the soil creep of temperate regions, solifluction and gelifiuction are relatively rapid processes in periglacial regions and can result in the active development of slopes.
  • A combination of land submergence, coastal erosion, and solifluction had caused the deterioration of certain houses and their associated midden deposits.
  • This material is unsorted and is usually mixed with other transported material from the same sources including slopewash, solifluction, or trampling.


Early 20th century: from Latin solum 'soil' + fluctio(n-) 'flowing', from the verb fluere 'to flow'.

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