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Shape of a River - Geomorphology
Variables of shape (pg 2 of 2)

Imagine the difference between a low gradient, highly meandering prairie stream and a steep, fairly straight stream flowing over highly resistant bedrock. That prairie stream will be nearly as deep as it is wide, whereas the bedrock stream will be much wider than it is deep. The type and amount of sediment will be different as well, and so will the type and amount of fish and insects.

While these two examples present striking contrasts, they also illustrate the importance of all these factors in determining the shape of a river, and how these factors balance or reach equilibrium over time.


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