Movie:The Development of An Experimental Meandering River

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Key Attributes

Domain: terrestrial, hydrology
Model name: Animation model name
Name: Wout, van Dijk
Where: Laboratory
When: hours


Short Description

Grade level: Under graduate (13-16), Graduate / Professional

Statement: A meandering river created by a tank experiment

Abstract: This video shows the elevation of a river bed and surrounding surface, when as meandering 'river' migrates in a flume.

Done at the Eurotank at at Utrecht University. The meander was created by moving the water inlet to the tank.The tank used is 6 meters wide and 11 meters long.

The full experiment is described in Van Dijk et al., 2012.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2011JF002314/abstract

Theory

Meandering rivers are ubiquitous in nature, but have been difficult to simulate in flumes.

The snake-like pattern found in meandering rivers occurs as meanders migrate as the outer bank of a river erodes sediment, and the inner curve of a river receives deposits of sediment.

Links

http://www.woutvandijk.com/


References



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