Meaning of Alluvium

By | January 15, 2021

The term alluvium has its etymological root in the Latin language: alluvĭo, alluvionis. The first meanings mentioned refer to an intense stream of water or the current that carries various sediments.

For example: “The northern people are still trying to recover from the flood that they suffered last month and that left more than a hundred evacuees as a balance”, “The heavy rains caused the river to overflow, generating a flood that caused all kinds of damage”, “Three people are missing because of a flood in San Jacinto”.

As mentioned in the first paragraph, the study of the etymology of the term alluvium refers us to its Latin ancestor alluvium, alluvionis, which can be translated as a flood of waters, a land space that is flooded or the overflow of a Water body.

Regarding its structure, we can say that the word barrage begins with the prefix of Latin origin ad-, which can also be presented in its a- form and serves to indicate “contiguity or proximity”, in addition to allowing the intensification of concepts; other terms in which it can be appreciated are attract, adjunct, adrenaline, approach and admire.

After this prefix we find the root belonging to the Latin verb lavare, which translates as “bathe, wash.” At this point it is necessary to point out that the root suffers an apophony, a phenomenon that can alter different aspects of the terms of Latin origin when a prefix or a second root is put before them; If we observe the vowels of lavare and luvión we cannot ignore this alteration.

The alluvium concept not only serves to refer to the avalanche of water that sweeps against a land, but also those land spaces that are washed away by rainwater and rivers until they remain in plains or valleys, deposited after having been carried abruptly, causing varying degrees of destruction on their way. Likewise, it is possible to use the term alluvial to refer to these lands.

Among the materials that are usually part of the barrage are clay, silt, gravel and sand, and they can accumulate in deltas, channels of streams, alluvial fans or floodplains. These particles carried by the water are deposited permanently or temporarily, depending on the case. Unless otherwise specified, the word barrage describes materials that are not consolidated. Two possible synonyms for this phenomenon are avalanche and avalanche.

The flood concept is also used to name the agglomeration or accumulation of individuals, objects or symbolic elements. Suppose that the police, in order to catch the person responsible for a crime, make a series of arrests: all suspected people are locked up. It can be said, in this context, that there was a flood of arrests.

In a similar sense, when thousands of people arrive at a place simultaneously, it is said that a flood is generated. The humanitarian crisis that occurred in Syria due to the civil war caused a flood of refugees in Europe, as well as the serious economic problems that Argentina went through in 2001 caused a migratory flurry of people who left the country in search of new job opportunities. Both cases brought consequences of various kinds, both for locals and immigrants.

A company that provides poor service, on the other hand, may receive a barrage of claims from its customers, as well as a massive scam affecting thousands of people can lead to a barrage of lawsuits.