Rivers Flashcards

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What is the main process of erosion in the upper course of a river?
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Hydraulic action

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What is the main process of erosion in the upper course of a river?
What are rapids?
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Rapids are fast flowing, turbulent sections of the river where the bed has a relatively steep gradient. They are found in the upper course of the river.

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What are rapids?
Give three examples of soft engineering.
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Examples include:

  • flood warnings
  • flood plain zoning
  • planting trees
  • river restoration

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Give three examples of soft engineering.
What is traction?
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Large boulders and rocks are rolled along the river bed.

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What is traction?
Why might deposition occur at site C on the diagram below?

Deposition locations on a river

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Where the river flows into a sea or ocean it’s velocity is reduced leading to deposition. 

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Why might deposition occur at site C on the diagram below?




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