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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
Textbook Problem

What does the common occurrence of braided channels just downstream from glaciers tell you about the sediment transported and deposited by moving ice?

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The indication given by the common occurrence of braided channels just downstream from glaciers about the sediment transported and deposited by moving ice.

Explanation

In case of a stream carrying a high proportion of bedload relative to its discharge, it lays down much of its load in the form of sand and gravel bars in the stream bottom. The enormous bed load of coarse sediment blocks the stream flow and splits the main stream into several strands.

The stream runs in numerous intertwining strands that get divided and rejoined around the bars imparting a braided appearance...

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