solifluction

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solifluction

a slow movement of soil or rock debris down an incline, usually as a result of lubrication by its water content.
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But there are negatives too and post-abandonment disturbances by natural processes (soil creep, vegetation, animal activities, erosion) as well as human actions (economic, social) can severely distort the evidence that has survived.
An adjacent creek bed that extended 30 feet below the normal surface level of the site provided an opportunity for soil creep because of the lack of soil retention along the creek bank area.
In soils subject to freezing and thawing a type of erosion called soil creep occurs, in which the soil develops a ripple appearance due to vertical heaving in winter.