Levees and Floodplains Flashcards

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What are the characteristics of levees?
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The main characteristics of levees are:

  • raised river banks
  • consist of gravel, stones and small sediment
  • steep on the channel side, gentle sloping on the land side
  • relatively flat top covered in grass

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What are the characteristics of levees?
What is a flood plain?
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A flood plain is a large area of flat land on either side of the river that experiences or has experienced flooding.

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What is a flood plain?
What are the characteristics of a flood plain?
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Characteristics of a flood plain include:

  • A large area of flat land either side of a river
  • layers of alluvium cover the flood plain
  • a river bluff along the edge of a flood plain
  • meander scars
  • levees
  • rich, fertile soil
  • reeds and marsh plants

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What are the characteristics of a flood plain?
What is a levee?
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Levees are naturally raised riverbanks found along the sides of the river channel that has experienced flooding.

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What is a levee?
Why are flood plains often very fertile?
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It’s made up of alluvium (deposited silt from a river flood).

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Why are flood plains often very fertile?




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