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Chapter 14 - Chapter 14: River Systems and Landforms I. I....

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Chapter 14: River Systems and Landforms I. Introduction I.a. Earth's rivers and waterways form vast arterial networks that drain continents I.a. Importance of Rivers I.a.i. Redistribute mineral nutrients important for soil formation and plant growth I.a.i. Shape landscapes by removing products of weathering, mass movement, and erosion and transporting them downstream I.a.i. Provide water supply I.a.i. Receive, dilute, and transport wastes I.a. Fluvial systems : stream-related processes, driven by insolation and graity I.a. River applied to a trunk, or main stream/ River systems are a network of tributaries/ Stream is a general term, not related to size I.a. Hydrology : science of water and its global circulation, distribution, and properties (especially water at and below Earth's surface) I. Basic Fluvial Concepts I.a. Stream discharge : streamflow volume of flow per unit of time (ex. Amazon River and Congo River have greatest discharge) I.b. Erosion : process where water dislodges, dissolves, or removes surface material I.a.i. Fluvial erosion , produced by streams, is when weathered sediment
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