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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