Braided Channels. What is a Braided Channel?. A braided channel is the name given to a single stream in a braided river network. They are formed when islands of sediment build up in the river and split the water into lots of smaller streams that will make up a network of channels.
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What is a Braided Channel? A braided channel is the name given to a single stream in a braided river network. They are formed when islands of sediment build up in the river and split the water into lots of smaller streams that will make up a network of channels.
Formation of braided channels The main contributing factor to the formation of braided streams is the sediment load carried by the river. Once the sediment load in a river reaches a certain level it is deposited on the slow moving and shallow parts of a river such as at meandering points of the river. These deposits make islands in rivers and braided channels are formed.
Locations of braided channels • Braided channels are found are numerous points of a river:- • They can be found in meandering parts of a river. • They are also found in early stages of rivers where erosion rate is high due to fast flowing water. • River delta’s are also another area where braided channels form. This is due to the large amounts of load sediment carried in the river that is deposited at this point.