River Study - River Darent
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Parts of a River


The loops and curves of a slow-moving river are called meanders.

Meanders are formed by erosion and occur where a river has worn away its banks.

Most erosion normally occurs on the outside bend of a meander. This is because the velocity (speed) of the river is faster. As well as the water hitting the banks, pieces of sediment may also be thrown against the river banks wearing them away.

On the inside bend of a meander, the water flows more slowly. There is normally deposition on the inside bend. This is because the sediment is too heavy for the river to carry.

We saw debris such as twigs had been carried down by the river and had formed a type of dam.

Erosion of the river bank



Same section of river bank 2006

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