bed load

noun Geology.
the sand, gravel, boulders, or other debris transported by rolling or sliding along the bottom of a stream.
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The sampler must be supported by a steel cable and reel to be lowered into a
  river or stream for taking a bed load sample.
Bed load refers to sediment particles rolling, sliding, or tumbling along the
  streambed.
Bed load is the sediment that is transported in a stream by rolling, sliding,
  or skipping along the bed and close to it.
Non-debris sediment or bed load characterized as fine or course.
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