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Meandering rivers occur in places where the slope of the river is relatively small. This creates a winding stream of sequential and repetitive loops or meanders. Meandering rivers are exceptionally dynamic, with constantly eroding material in the outer corners of the loops, and dropped again in the inner corners.

When the slope has a higher angle, the river becomes a braided river. Often you will see that the upper reaches of a river has a braided system, while the lower reaches are meandering.

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