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n. gradual change of water line on real property which gives the owner more dry land.

RELICTION. An increase of the land by the sudden retreat of the sea or a river.
     2. Relicted lands arising from the sea and in navigable rivers, (q.v.) generally belong to the state and all relicted lands of unnavigable rivers generally belong to the proprietor of the estate to which such rivers act as boundaries. Schultes on Aqu. Rights, 138; Ang. on Tide Wat. 75. But this reliction must be from the sea in its usual state for if it should inundate the land and then recede, this would be no reliction. Harg. Tr. 15. Vide Ang. on Wat. Co. 220.
     3. Reliction differs from avulsion, (q.v.) and from alluvion. (q.v.)

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50) An increase in the bank, under reliction and accretion rules, causes the reverse to occur.
First, the physical difficulty of reconstructing the historic natural water levels in light of their currently flooded condition suggested that reliction and submergence principles settle ownership in the state.
Notably, the Placer County court did not mention reliction or submergence doctrines by name.
To the contrary, several prior decisions recognized the state's right to create dry lands out of submerged lands and retain title to them, precluding upland property from any influence of accretion or reliction, and maintaining any contact with the water.
1987), that littoral rights include vested rights "to have the property's contact with the water remain intact," and "to receive accretions and relictions," and in Belvedere Development Corporation v.