Rock Streams

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Rock Streams

 

accumulations of detrital rock that move slowly along the ravines of mountain slopes, primarily by gravity. They are most characteristic of areas with severe continental climates. Rock streams begin from rock placers that cover flat mountain peaks. They sometimes stretch for several kilometers along the floors of valleys and depressions.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
In the alpine area of the Southern Carpathians, the alpine geomorphological landscape is dominated by glacial landforms (glacial cirques, throughs, moraines, erratics and roches moutone) and periglacial features (rockglaciers, talus cones and scree slopes, block fields, rock streams, cryoplanation terraces, patterned ground, solifluction forms etc.).
He theorizes that the flow forms part of a conveyor belt system: Mantle rock streams toward the rise, erupts, and bonds to the Pacific Plate, then moves with the plate away from the rise.