Definition of Abrading:
Hence, when the ocean- bed was here and there raised to the surface- when its strata of sediment with their contained organic fragments were torn up and long washed about by the breakers before being re- deposited- when the re- deposits were again and again subject to this violent abrading action by subsequent small elevations, as they would mostly be; what few fragile organic remains they contained, would be in nearly all cases destroyed.- "Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I", Herbert Spencer.
The face of the earth is no longer a sponge, but a dust- heap, and the floods which the waters of the sky pour over it hurry swiftly along its slopes, carrying in suspension vast quantities of earthy particles which increase the abrading power and mechanical force of the current, and, augmented by the sand and gravel of falling banks, fill the beds of the streams, divert them into new channels, and obstruct their outlets.- "The Earth as Modified by Human Action", George P. Marsh.
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