Accretion, Avulsion & Reliction: Definition & Effects


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Although John doesn't realize it, his river bank is growing every year because of soil deposited on it by the river. This is an example of what?

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1. Donna wakes up one morning after a violent storm and discovered a large chunk of her riverbank is gone. This is an example of what?

2. What do we call the process of land being created by the gradual and permeant recession of a body of water?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The power of water extends to real property rights in three different ways. Check your knowledge of these processes: reliction, accretion, and avulsion. Assessment items will focus on identifying examples of each and their effects on real property rights.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

For this quiz and printable worksheet on how changes in bodies of water can affect property rights, you will need to know:

  • Land creation by the gradual permanent recession of a body of water
  • The name of the disappearance of a large chunk of land
  • How property rights are affected by accretion, avulsion and reliction

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the name of the process where soil is deposited on a river bank causing its growth
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of avulsion
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on reliction, avulsion and accretion

Additional Learning

Learn more about accretion, avulsion, and reliction by reviewing the lesson Accretion, Avulsion & Reliction: Definition & Side Effects. Objectives covered include:

  • Know how water can affect real property rights
  • Define avulsion, accretion, and reliction
  • Understand that temporary changes caused by water do not affect real property rights