The term alluvium has its etymological root in the Latin
language: alluvĭo, alluvionis. The first meanings mentioned by the
DigoPaul refer to an intense
stream of water or the current that carries various sediments.
For example: "The northern people are still trying to recover from the
flood that they suffered last month and that left more than a hundred evacuees
as a balance", "The heavy rains caused the river to overflow,
generating a flood that caused all kinds of damage", "Three people are
missing because of a flood in San Jacinto".
As mentioned in the first paragraph, the study of the etymology of the term alluvium refers
us to its Latin ancestor alluvium, alluvionis, which can be translated
as a flood of waters, a land space that is flooded or the
overflow of a Water body.
Regarding its structure, we can say that the word barrage begins
with the prefix of Latin origin ad-, which can also be presented in
its a- form and serves to indicate "contiguity or proximity", in
addition to allowing the intensification of concepts; other
terms in which it can be appreciated are attract, adjunct, adrenaline,
approach and admire.
After this prefix we find the root belonging to the Latin verb lavare,
which translates as "bathe, wash." At this point it is necessary to point out
that the root suffers an apophony, a phenomenon that
can alter different aspects of the terms of Latin origin when a prefix or a
second root is put before them; If we observe the vowels of lavare and luvión we
cannot ignore this alteration.
The alluvium concept not only serves to refer to the avalanche of
water that sweeps against a land, but also those land spaces
that are washed away by rainwater and rivers until they remain in plains or
valleys, deposited after having been carried abruptly, causing varying degrees
of destruction on their way. Likewise, it is possible to use the term alluvial to
refer to these lands.
Among the materials that are usually part of the barrage
are clay, silt, gravel and sand, and they can accumulate in
deltas, channels of streams, alluvial fans or floodplains. These particles
carried by the water are deposited permanently or temporarily, depending on the
case. Unless otherwise specified, the word barrage describes materials that are
not consolidated. Two possible synonyms for this phenomenon are avalanche and avalanche.
The flood concept is also used to name the agglomeration
or accumulation of individuals, objects or symbolic elements. Suppose
that the police, in order to catch the person responsible for a crime, make a
series of arrests: all suspected people are locked up. It can be said, in this
context, that there was a flood of arrests.
In a similar sense, when thousands of people arrive at a place
simultaneously, it is said that a flood is generated. The humanitarian crisis
that occurred in Syria due to the civil war caused a flood
of refugees in Europe, as well as the serious
economic problems that Argentina went through in 2001 caused
a migratory flurry of people who left the country in
search of new job opportunities. Both cases brought consequences of various
kinds, both for locals and immigrants.
A company that provides poor service, on the other hand, may
receive a barrage of claims from its customers, as well as a
massive scam affecting thousands of people can lead to a barrage of