reliction


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reliction

A gradual withdrawal of waters,leaving dry land.Riparian owners (owners of land located beside a river or stream),and sometimes littoral owners (owners of land at the edges of lakes and ponds),have the right to any new land caused by reliction.Some states hold that a sudden reliction creating large quantities of land results in the land being owned by the state. See also dereliction.

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United States,(138) the court defined the distinction between avulsion and reliction of an artificially changed lake based on the cause as well as the speed of the change.
caused accretion, erosion, reliction and submergence from naturally
Prevailing principles of state law have supported the states for a century under theories varying from dedication and prescription to the law of submergence and reliction.
The opposite of reliction is "submergence" which applies to bodies of water whose levels have risen, covering adjoining lands.
Note however, that California's law of accretion and reliction in rivers is different both by statute and common law from most other states since it distinguishes whether the accretion occurs naturally or artificially.