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Long profile of a river. River Structure. What's the Point of all This?. Can you work out what the river is trying to do by using this diagram?. 5 Ways That a River Reduces its Gradient Gradient = Rise (need to reduce) Run (need to increase). 5 Ways That a River Reduces its Gradient.

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What's the Point of all This?

Can you work out what the river is trying to do by using this diagram?


5 Ways That a River Reduces its Gradient

Gradient = Rise(need to reduce)

Run (need to increase)


5 Ways That a River Reduces its Gradient

Headward Erosion – lengthens course


5 Ways That a River Reduces its Gradient

Vertical Erosion downcutting reduces gradient


5 Ways That a River Reduces its Gradient

Lateral Erosion – meandering lengthens course


5 Ways That a River Reduces its Gradient

Deposition

(in the delta) lengthens course


5 Ways That a River Reduces its Gradient

Deposition

(on the bed) Reduces gradient


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