468060 (64) [Avatar] Offline

"The layers accrete upon each other and adjust the area of the elements above and below, based on the space taken up by the components closer to the center."

Surely, a streamgraph works just like a stacked bar-chart, except that it has a continuous x-axis. One layer affects the position of the other elements, but not their areas.
elijah.meeks (123) [Avatar] Offline
In this case I think your confusion is between the mathematical term area versus the semantical term area. I just mean that they are drawn offset, so the drawing bottom and tops are based on the bottoms and tops of areas underneath them. I don't mean the literal calculated area is affected, of course.
468060 (64) [Avatar] Offline
>>the mathematical term area v

Given that the context is a graph in which the area in each section has meaning, I think that that's how most people would interpret it. How about saying 'the position of the elements' is changed?