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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- What are the properties of drainages?
- How do laminar and turbulent stream flows work?
- What impact does erosion have on landforms?
- How do stream valleys form?
- What is the impact of base level on stream erosion?
- How do bedrock channels form?
- What are the different types of alluvial channels?
1. Drainage Basins: Definition & Characteristics
Do you know where the water in your area flows? In this lesson, we will explore the system of drainage basins and how they help develop river systems. We will also investigate some extreme examples of drainage basins.
2. Laminar & Turbulent Streamflows
Streams come in many different shapes and sizes. They can also vary in speed and direction of flow. In this lesson, we will explore two different ways that water can flow through a stream.
3. Effect of Erosion and Deposition on Landforms
Landforms are constantly being broken down and reformed by the processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition. In this lesson, we explore chemical and physical weathering and how the face of the earth gets changed.
4. How a Landform Diagram Describes the Geological Progression of a Landscape
This lesson describes what a landform diagram is. We'll also discuss some basic laws of geology that can help scientists deduce both the order of events that create a landform and the geologic events that occur after a landform's formation.
5. The Formation of Stream Valleys
Running water is very powerful and has the ability to change the land around it. In this lesson, we will explore the creation of stream valleys and how they are shaped by the water that runs through them.
6. Base Level of a Stream: Definition & Effect on Erosion
Water stops flowing when it reaches its lowest level; this is called the base level. Learn about the base level of a stream, how it affects erosion, and some examples of local base levels, including lakes, dams and waterfalls.
7. Bedrock Channels: Formation & Process
Bedrock channels are eroded paths cut through solid rock foundations known as bedrock. Learn about bedrock channels and the processes that form them, including abrasion and plucking.
8. Alluvial Channels: Definition & Types
An alluvial channel is a water channel made up of loose sediments called alluvium. Learn about the types of alluvial channels, meandering channels and braided channels, and the characteristics that make them unique in this lesson.
9. Oxbow Lake: Definition & Formation
An oxbow lake is a special kind of lake that only forms next to meandering rivers. It is shaped like a crescent or a horseshoe and presents a unique ecosystem separate from the river. Learn the details of how it forms, then take a quiz.
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