ADJ. serious, severe Acid rain has caused severe erosion on the hillside. | rapid | gradual, steady the steady erosion of their civil liberties | coastal, soil | glacial, water, wind
VERB + EROSION cause, contribute to, lead to, result in | protect sth from, reduce | suffer (from) The area suffers badly from coastal erosion.
EROSION + VERB affect sth the areas worst affected by soil erosion
PHRASES the rate of erosion