What is the meaning of "current slow" in the following passage?

The same thing happens to this day, though on a smaller scale, wherever a sediment-laden river or stream emerges from a mountain valley onto relatively flat land, dropping its load as the current slows: the water usually spreads out fanwise, depositing the sediment in the form of a smooth, fan-shaped slope.


In this sentence 'current' is the noun (meaning a current of water) and "slows" is the verb, meaning to become slower. So the full meaning is:

...as the current of water becomes slower...

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