Floodplains - A floodplain is an area of land which is covered in water when a river bursts its banks. Floodplains form due to both erosion and deposition. Erosion removes any interlocking spurs, creating a wide, flat area on either side of the river. During a flood, material being carried by the river is deposited (as the river loses its speed and energy to transport material). Over time, the height of the floodplain increases as material is deposited on either side of the river. Floodplains are often agricultural land, as the area is very fertile because it's made up of alluvium (deposited silt from a river flood). The floodplain is often a wide, flat area caused by meanders shifting along the valley.