Alluvial fan in the Italian Apennines

Alluvial fan in the Italian Apennines

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Credit: MICHAEL SZOENYI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Alluvial fan (lower frame) spreading out from the mouth of a canyon onto the Campo Imperatore plateau in the Italian Apennine mountains. Alluvial fans form where a fast-flowing stream flows out from a canyon into a flatter plain. This slows the flow and causes material carried by the water to be deposited in a fan shape, with its apex at the mouth of the canyon. They are typically found in arid areas with occasional heavy rains. These cause flash floods that carry material down mountainsides onto the plains below.

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