Geography and Natural Resources

, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 63–70 | Cite as

The structure of streams in the Lena delta and its influence on streamflow transformation processes

  • N. I. Alekseevskii
  • D. N. Aibulatov
  • L. V. Kuksina
  • A. A. Chetverova
Regional Problems of Environmental Studies and Natural Resources Utilization


The structure of the stream network in the Lena delta has been studied, and its quantitative characteristics have been obtained for the first time. Taking into consideration the discharge of the branches as well as their width, we determined the conventional delta stream orders decreasing in a regular fashion toward the margin of the delta because of channel bifurcation. They have been used as the basis for determining the structural parameters of delta streams and studying the transformation characteristics of the flows of some materials and heat in the Lena delta.


delta streamflow conventional river order discharge braiding streamflow distribution 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. I. Alekseevskii
    • 1
  • D. N. Aibulatov
    • 1
  • L. V. Kuksina
    • 1
  • A. A. Chetverova
    • 2
  1. 1.Moscow Lomonosov State UniversityMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Arctic and Antarctic Research InstituteSt. PetersburgRussia

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