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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536

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2nd Edition
James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
Textbook Problem

Does the Red River have a gentle or steep gradient? Why is it difficult to determine the river gradient from the map area?

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Healthy green vegetation appears red on color infrared images, here showing the Red River and Smith Island, Louisiana.

Campti, Louisiana

Scale 1:62,500

Contour interval = 20 ft

U.S. Geological Survey

To determine

Whether the Red River has a gentle or steep gradient and the reason why it is difficult to determine the river gradient from the map area.

Explanation

If the area of the river is analyzed, it could be seen that not much of the contours intersect the river, thus, making it difficult to find the direction of the river flow and its gradient. Moreover, comparatively very low relief of the region makes it even tougher to analyze flow the direction from the map...

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