NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY - FARGO, N D


STREAM MEANDER FEATURES,
RICHLAND COUNTY, N.D.



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The waters of the Sheyenne River are shown flowing through a stream meander and toward the bottom of the image. Higher water velocities on the outside (left side) of this stream meander have induced bank erosion, forming an oversteepened slope (cutbank). On the inside (right side) of this meander, a point bar has resulted from deposition in shallower, steeper waters. The net consequence of erosion on the outside of the meander and deposition on in the inside is the shift or migration of the meander loop in the direction of the cutbank. Landforms that can result from opposing meander loops include necks, oxbow lakes, and meander scars.

(Photo by D.P. Schwert, North Dakota State University).



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