(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1980)

Document title

Geomorphological changes after river-meander surgery

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Before equilibrium can be reached again, a river bed must incise deeply for considerable distance upstream. Thereupon the river will start to make a new set of meanders not unlike the old meander pattern. The one-dimensional open-channel flow equation, when applied to river erosion (triggered by meander cutting), shows that the half life of such man-made disturbances ranges from hundreds to a thousand years. Consequently, man-made interference with natural rivers represents a costly capital operation, which requires a long term (50-100 years) commitment for up-keep, improvement and replacement, if not in the short run, then in the long run (next 500 years).


Article of periodic

published at : Geologie en mijnbouw Delft

Editor :

Millesime : 1980, vol. 59, no2 [pp. 121-128]

Bibliographic references : 9 réf.



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