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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]


Ram P Anand†

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 24 February 2024

Sovereignty — General principles of international law — Continental shelf — Islands and artificial islands — Territorial sea — State practice — Boundaries

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

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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