denudation

(1) Erosion by rain, frost, wind or water of the solid matter of the earth. Often implies the removal of the soil down to the bedrock.

(2) Stripping (AU) . Removal, by natural or artificial means, of all vegetation and organic matter.

 

Source:

UNESCO/WMO International Glossary of Hydrology (2nd revised ed., 1992)

Posted on February 9, 2014 .