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Braided river

Braided river systems are formed in locations where the slope or sediment load of the river are relatively high. In flatter areas, the river will meander. Often one sees that an upstream part of a river is braided, while a downstreampart is meandering.

Due to the high water flow speeds in braided rivers, only the large clasts remain in place, and smaller materials are transported downstream. Large boulders influence and block the currents, resulting in a dynamic network of smaller streams. 

Braided river systems can be seen for example in Canada, Iceland, and Morokko.


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