TeachMeFinance.com - explain Gradient
Gradient The term 'Gradient' as it applies to the area of coastlines can be defined as ' (1) a measure of slope (soil- or water-surface) in meters of rise or fall per meter of horizontal distance. (2) more general, a change of a value per unit of distance, e.g. the gradient in longshore transport causes erosion or accretion. (3) with reference to winds or currents, the rate of increase or decrease in speed, usually in the vertical; or the curve that represents this rate'.
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