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The increase of riparian land by the gradual deposit or accumulation of sand or soil on property by water with the effect that over time the boundaries between two adjoining parcels will be adjusted for the change. The increase of land by the washing of the seas or rivers. The act of increasing by natural growth; esp. the increase of organic bodies by the internal accession of parts; organic growth. The act of increasing, or the matter added, by an accession of parts externally; an extraneous addition; as, an accretion of earth. . The slow and imperceptible addition of land to a state's territory. Concretion; coherence of separate particles; as, the accretion of particles so as to form a solid mass. A growing together of parts naturally separate, as of the fingers toes.


Accretions are additions of alluvion (sand, sediment, or other deposits) to waterfront land; relictions are lands once covered by water that become dry when the water recedes. F. Maloney, S. Plager, & F. Baldwin, Water Law and Administration: The Florida Experience § 126, pp. 385-386 (1968) (hereinafter Maloney); 1 Farnham § 69, at 320. In order for an addition to dry land to qualify as ...

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