3-3 The Force of Moving Water

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Energy

the ability to do work or cause change

Potential Energy

energy that is stored and waiting to be used later

Kinetic Energy

the energy an object has due to its motion

Abrasion

the wearing away of rock by a grinding action

Load

the amount of sediment that a river carries

Slope

the amount the river drops toward sea level over a given distance

Flow

the volume of water that moves past a point on the river at a given time

Friction

the force that opposes the motion of one surface as it moves across another surface

Turbulence

a movement of water where rather than moving downstream, the water moves every which way

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