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Ingredients for Meandering River (Image 1)

July 28, 2010
By reverse-engineering a meandering stream, researchers have shown two ingredients to be very important: vegetation, to reinforce banks and prevent erosion; and sand, to build point bars and block off cut-off channels and chutes. This knowledge will help stream restoration efforts in the future.