natural levee

   A long, broad low ridge or embankment of sand and coarse silt, built by a stream on its flood plain and along both sides of its channel, especially in time of flood when water overflowing the normal banks is forced to deposit the coarsest part of its load. It has a gentle slope away from the river and toward the surrounding floodplain, and its highest elevation is closest to the river bank.
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Glossary of landform and geologic terms. 2013.

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  • levee —    An artificial or natural embankment built along the margin of a watercourse or an arm of the sea, to protect land from inundation or to confine streamflow to its channel.    Compare: artificial levee, natural levee.    GG …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

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  • levee — I lev•ee [[t]ˈlɛv i[/t]] n. 1) civ an embankment designed to prevent the flooding of a river 2) gel a natural deposit of sand or mud built up along the side of a river or stream 3) agr. one of the small continuous ridges surrounding fields that… …   From formal English to slang

  • Natural disaster — Not to be confused with environmental disaster. A natural disaster is the effect of a natural hazard (e.g., flood, tornado, hurricane, volcanic eruption, earthquake, heatwave, or landslide). It leads to financial, environmental or human losses.… …   Wikipedia

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