Classical gullies are an advanced stage of channel erosion. They are formed when channel development has progressed to the point where the gully is too wide and too deep to be tilled across. These channels carry large amounts of water after rains and deposit eroded material at the foot of the gully or in the receiving body of water. They disfigure landscape and make land unfit for growing crops. The concentrated flow frequently extends through the edge of the field and into surface waters leaving the site resulting in a loss of topsoil. Downstream, the sediment will settle where water flow is slowed potentially plugging channels throughout the watershed requiring dredging to maintain flow or navigation of the channel.
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