Geomorphology

Undersea river patterns

Braided channels are rare on ocean floors, but abundant on land. Experiments and theory suggest that deeper flows and rapid overbank deposition restrict braiding in underwater rivers relative to their terrestrial counterparts.

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Figure 1: Sinuous single-thread submarine channels from the Gulf of Alaska.

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Peakall, J. Undersea river patterns. Nature Geosci 8, 663–664 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo2509

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