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Stream classification (pg 2 of 2)

Suppose we imagine a low gradient prairie stream and increase the amount of water that flows through the stream on a regular basis. Because we know that width and depth are related to discharge, we can predict that the stream will become either wider and shallower, or will become narrower and deeper, depending on the substrate and bank vegetation.

Meandering pattern is related to the bankfull width. With increased discharge we can predict an increase in meander radius and meander length. The result is a progressive increase in bank erosion that results in additional sediment, with potentially costly consequences.


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