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Glossary of Fluvial Land Forms

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badlands
-caused when easily eroded materials are washed away in such quantities
-large areas of topography created by erosion.
badlands are also called
erosional hills or mountains
Rivers and valleys instability
-climate
-hydrologic
-river banks
-vegitation systems
Rivers are
dynamic environments
Physical processes cause
meandering streams
meandering streams
the most commom form of river channels
oxbow lakes
are lakes formed when meandering stream's loops eventually become too large and are separated from the main channel
oxbow lakes are eventually filled with
sediment
the inside bends of meanedering streams are
shallower and sites of deposition
the outer bends of meandering streams are
deeper and faster and sites of erosion
meandering streams can appear to have
many channels called braided channels
braided channels are caused by
excessive deposition and are extremely instable environments

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