Braided rivers

Braided rivers are those that, over some part of their length, flow in multiple, mobile channels across a gravel floodplain. They are characterised by a range of channel types and sizes and channels that consist of a network of smaller channels which are themselves separated by small, and often temporary, alluvial islands. The islands found within braided rivers are called eyots or bars. Braided channels often occur in environments that dramatically decrease channel depth, and consequently channel velocity, such as river deltas, peneplains and alluvial fans.

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This page last updated on 21 May 2014