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River Severn Meanders - Ox Bow Lake

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The following two pages show what the area in the map looks like today. The river has cut through the loop of the meander abandoning the old river bed and forming an ox-bow lake.

The old rived bed is now part of the ox-bow lake.
Click on a rectangle to see a closeup of that area

Rectangle 1
The photo below shows a closeup of part of the ox-bow lake show above

White arrow shows direction of river is travelling.
The loop of the meander has been cut off from the main channel.
I am standing on the left side of the loop.

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The formation of an ox-bow lake
drawing of a meanderdrawing showing erosion and depositiondrawing of ox-bow lake

Key vocabulary

When the speed of a river decreases it has less energy to carry its load, so it drops it (deposits it).

The material that is carried by a river and then deposited.

Erosion is the wearing away of sides and bottom of the rivers by the force of the water, and material carried by the water.


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