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Sedimentation

The deposition of solid particles into water caused by the effects of climate. This is usually the washing of soil particles into rivers by rainfall eroding fields or banks. Consequently any traces of fertilisers or pesticides attached to these particles are also deposited in the river.

The result of sedimentation is cloudy, turbid water and reduced sunlight levels, which in turn causes damage to the delicate aquatic eco-system.

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