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Meandering river

Meandering river

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MARTIN BOND / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MARTIN BOND / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Meander in river. Sunset over a meander in river. A meander is caused when there is a slight bend in the river. The water flowing around the outside of the bend flows faster than the water going around the inside. The faster water tends to erode the river bank more quickly whilst the slower water will deposit sediment that it is carrying. The meanders increase in size until there are only narrow necks of land between them. Eventually the river cuts through the neck and the meander is left isolated from the river's flow; it is then known as an 'ox- bow lake'. This is the River Cuckmere at Exceat in East Sussex, England.

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