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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Accretion

Ram P Anand

Subject(s):
General principles of international law — State practice — Sovereignty — Boundaries — Islands and artificial islands — Continental shelf — Territorial sea

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 Accretion is the natural process of growth, slow addition of soil material, such as clay, silt, sand, or gravel, to land by deposition through the operation of natural causes. The land is added by the gradual or imperceptible accumulation of such material to a bank or a shore. The act of adding of soil or land to the land or soil already in possession of the owner by gradual deposition of water-borne sediments is the process known as accretion. The sand or soil which form firm ground are known as alluvion. The terms alluvion and accretion are often used...
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