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Alluvial Fans and Bajadas


Bajada stretching across Alluvial Fans

Alluvial fans are made up of sand, gravel and rock which has fallen and was washed down from rock at higher elevations. Larger, heavier rocks are deposited at higher elevations, and smaller pieces carried further down and deposited in a fan shape. A bajada is created when alluvial fans merge into a single slope. Eventually, a bajada may become buried deeply underground and consolidate into sedimentary rock, which, could be uplifted by faulting and become mountains in the distant future.

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