Definitions for "Sediment load"
Total sediment in a sample of water. There are three categories of sediment: suspended load, dissolved load, and bed load.
The natural inorganic soil materials composed of suspended load and bed load transported by a stream. The suspended load is composed of fine sediment transported in suspension while the bed load is composed of relatively coarse material transported along or near the bottom (bed) of the stream.
the quantity of sediment passing a stream reach in the course of a year.
the amount of eroded soil and rock debris transported by rivers and eventually deposited in the ocean.