Braided River Landforms

Braided River

Braided River Landforms Have 2 Main Characteristics:

  1. Three or more river channels
  2. Join together again or drain into the same body of water

Example of a Braided River Landform:

The Brahmaputra and Jamuna Rivers in Bangladesh
The picture above is an example of a braided river in Spain, the Sella River.

What is a Braided River Landform?

A river that has multiple channels flowing downstream is a braided river. These channels may return to the river, or drain into a common body of water.




How are Braided Rivers Formed?

Braided river formations are common where water flow is slow and there is a build up of sediment in the river. This can cause changes in the direction of the river and create new channels. This can occur to form a river delta, which is a form of braided river.

Where Can a Braided River Be Found?

They can be found in areas where the land is very flat and the river moves slowly. There is usually a buildup of sediment. The water may be shallow with a history of changing its path. Sometimes instead of changing direction, another channel may be formed. Faster moving waters may also create new channels when there is a buildup of sediment in a portion of the river.

Famous Braided Rivers

 The Platte River, Nebraska
 The Brahmaputra and Jamuna Rivers in Bangladesh
 Yellow River in China

The Platte River in Nebraska is a slow and shallow river that has multiple channels in some areas, creating many islands. Traveling by boat is difficult in many parts of the river. In the region where the Brahmaputra and Jamuna Rivers meet in Bangladesh, there is a braided river system draining into Bengal Bay of the Indian Ocean.

The Brahmaputra and Jamuna rivers are known to change their path as they flow over the land, which can sometimes cause flooding and loss of life and property. The Brahmaputra River is unusual for having a tidal bore, a wave that travels upstream for many miles during the rising tide.

The Yellow River (Huang He) in China is considered to be the cradle of Chinese civilization. It has also been responsible for much loss of life during its history as it changes course, sometimes causing catastrophic flooding. Course changes and the channels of its braided river system are caused by sediment that comes down from the mountains, raising the level of the river. The sediment is created from erosion that occurs in the mountains, some of which is man-made.

Braided River definition:

A river that has 3 or more channels that may come together again, or drain into the same body of water

See Also: River and

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