Visualization
ES0604  Observe how sediments are deposited.

This animation shows a side view of an area where a river flows into a lake. As flowing water enters the lake, its velocity decreases. The water's ability to carry sediments also decreases. Sediments carried by the stream are deposited where the slowing water can no longer move them. The largest sediments are deposited near the shore. Increasingly smaller sediments settle out farther from the shore where the water is calmer.

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