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Studies of river morphology

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DOI:10.1126/science.119.3088.326-a

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Abstract

A number of generalizations concerning the behavior and natural characteristics of river channels have been developed by the U.S. Geological Survey in several recently completed studies of river morphology. Measurements of parameters such as the discharge, suspended load, bed material, velocity of flow, channel slope, and channel shape indicate that many river channels are characterized by an orderly, progressive change of these variables from their headwaters to their mouths. The interaction of the variables and the establishment of a stable channel suggest that the morphology of the stream is controlled by a kind of equilibrium.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Studies of river morphology
Series title:
Science
DOI:
10.1126/science.119.3088.326-a
Volume:
119
Issue:
3088
Year Published:
1954
Language:
English
Publisher:
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Description:
2 p.
First page:
326
Last page:
327