(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2010)

Document title

The job of the river

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Tobacco Road Research Team, Dep. of Geography, Univ. Kentucky, Lexington, ETATS-UNIS


Rivers are viewed here as hydrological entities, not geomorphic machines. The geomorphic work of the river (erosion, transport, deposition, etc.) – is a byproduct of the hydrological job of the river. The apparent steady-state equilibrium slope adjustments of rivers are a byproduct of 4 basic phenomena: (1) hydraulic selection, which favors channels and branching networks over other flux patterns; (2) water flows along the available path of least resistance; (3) energy dissipation; and (4) finite relaxation times. Recognizing converging trends of stream power or slope and sediment supply as common (but far from inevitable) side effects rather than self-regulation has important implications for interpreting and predicting fluvial systems, and for river management and restoration


Article of periodic

published at : Earth surface processes and landforms / ISSN 0197-9337 / CODEN ESPLDB

Editor : Wiley, Chichester - ROYAUME-UNI (1981)

Millesime : 2010, vol. 35, no3 [pp. 305-313]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.

Collation : 1 fig.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17355

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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1002/esp.1915

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