reliction


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re·lic·tion

 (rĭ-lĭk′shən)
n.
Gradual recession of water in a sea, lake, or stream, leaving permanently dry land.

reliction

(ˈrɛlɪkʃən)
n
the process by which water recedes over time, changing the waterline and leaving land permanently exposedland that is permanently exposed after water recedes from it
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Based on public policy, convenience, and necessity, a statutory way of necessity exclusive of any common-law right exists when any land, including land formed by accretion, reliction, or other naturally occurring processes, or portion thereof, which is being used or is desired to be used for a dwelling or dwellings or for agricultural or for timber raising or cutting or stockraising purposes is shut off or hemmed in by lands, fencing, or other improvements by other persons so that no practicable route of egress or ingress is available therefrom to the nearest practicable public or private road in which the landlocked owner has vested easement rights.
The definition and ownership of public trust land beneath tidal, submerged, or navigable waters is set forth in the United States Code, Title 43, which defines sovereign submerged land as, "all lands within the boundaries of each respective state which are covered by nontidal waters that were navigable under the laws of the United States at the time such state became a member of the Union, or acquired sovereignty over such lands and waters thereafter, up to the ordinary high water mark as modified by accretion, erosion, and reliction.
at 376 ("[W]hen changes in the ordinary high water line result from reliction or accretion, the newly exposed or created lands belong to the owner of the adjacent uplands.
36) This ownership is subject to change over time as the forces of accretion, erosion, reliction, submergence, or avulsion change the configuration of basins.