Aggregation is described as the formation of groups or clusters of particles (aggregates) in a fluid. In water or in water-base mud, clay particles form aggregates in a dehydrated, face-to-face configuration. This occurs after a massive influx of hardness ions into freshwater mud or during changeover to a lime mud or gyp mud.

It is used in boundary layer studies for surface fluxes, drag, and roughness. This process is often necessary to define surface characteristics for numerical models that have coarse horizontal grid mesh and that cannot resolve the individual surface areas. It is the process of clumping together of snow crystals following collision as they fall to form snowflakes.
This process is especially important near the melting layer where snow particles stick to each other more easily because of the liquid water on the surface. It also occurs at lower temperatures especially between dendritic snow crystals and occasionally rosette crystals in cirrus.

Ref: 86305/2006-09-13


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