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DILUVIUM (Lat. for " deluge," from di...

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Originally appearing in Volume V08, Page 273 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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DILUVIUM (Lat. for " deluge," from diluere, to wash away), a term in geology for superficial deposits formed by flood-like operations of water, and so contrasted with alluvium (q.v.) or alluvial deposits formed by slow and steady aqueous agencies. The term was formerly given to the " boulder clay " deposits, supposed to have been caused by the Noachian deluge.
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