Braided channels

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    • Braiding occurs when a river is forced to split into several channels separated by islands.
    • It is a feature of rivers that are supplied with large loads of sand and gravel.
      • And when the  river has variable discharges
    • The banks formed from these are usually unstable and easily eroded
      • This makes the channel very wide
    • The river can become choked, with sandbars that are constantly changing position
    • Braiding can also occur in semi arid areas that receive water from mountains. And...
      • In glacial streams that have a variable annual discharge, as temperature drops, load is dropped.

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