Dryland Rivers: Processes and Forms

  • D. Mark Powell

Dryland alluvial rivers vary considerably in character. In terms of processes, high energy, sediment-laden flash floods in upland rivers contrast dramatically with the low sediment loads and languid flows of their lowland counterparts while from a form perspective, the unstable wide, shallow and sandy braid plains of piedmont rivers are quite different from the relatively stable, narrow, deep and muddy channels of anastomosing systems (Nanson et al. 2002). It is also apparent that few, if any, morphological features are unique to dryland rivers. The variety of dryland river forms and the absence of a set of defining dryland river characteristics makes it difficult to generalise about dryland rivers and raises questions about whether it is necessary (or even desirable) to consider dryland river systems separately from those in other climatic zones.


Sediment Transport Suspended Sediment Sediment Yield Suspended Sediment Concentration Water Resource Research 
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