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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
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Define the concept of stream and drainage basin order. How would a typical first-order channel differ from a typical fifth-order channel in the same drainage basin in terms of tributaries, length, gradient, cross-sectional area, discharge, and velocity?

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The concept of stream and drainage basin order and the way in which a typical first-order channel differs from a fifth-order channel in the same drainage basin in terms of tributaries, length, gradient, cross-sectional area, discharge, and velocity.

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The area of land from which a stream receives runoff is known as drainage basin. Every single stream resides in its drainage basin. Drainage area defines the evaluated extent of a drainage basin and is characteristically stated in square miles or square kilometers. Few tributary basins remain within, or are subbasins of a series of larger and larger main stream drainage basins. Drainage basins refers to open systems that contain inputs and outputs of water, energy, and sediment.

First-order streams are the smallest perennial channels within a drainage basin, yet they are clear on large-scale topographic maps. Much of the first-order streams are commonly located high up in the drainage basin adjacent to the drainage divide, which is the stream system source area...

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