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Processes forming river landscapes

Ox - bow Lake

Formation of an ox bow lake from river erosion and deposition

Notes

  • The river is meandering across the valley
  • The river is eroding laterally (from side to side)
  • The river erodes the outside of the bends and deposits on the inside so its course is changing
  • This erosion narrows the neck of the meander
  • Often during a flood the river will cut through the neck
  • The river continues in the new bed and the meander is abandoned
  • New deposition seals off the ends and the cut-off becomes an ox-bow lake

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Corrasion

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Video clip about waterfalls, including how attrition and corrasion deepen plunge pools

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A stage in the process of an oxbow lake forming.

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Video clip about how oxbow lakes form from meanders

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River

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The artificial levées of the Mississippi River

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Waterfall.

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Waterfalls of the River Nile

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