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Bouie River Number Two

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By VanGargoyle   |   Watch
Published: October 11, 2004
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There's an almost right angle turn in the river at Glendale, and engineers have dumped huge chunks of concrete rip rap into the river to slow the current and cut down on erosion. Eventually that section of river is going to become an oxbow lake, and it probably won't be long before it happens.
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Oxbow lake??? What's that???
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Rivers and streams take the path of least resistance, and sometimes that includes eroding away the land. As a river gets older, it cuts curves, and as the curves become more pronounced, the river can cut a new channel by doubling back on itself, cutting through the land and leaving behind a curved lake. Over time the lake fills in.

Here's a [link] with diagrams.
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Thanx a lot... Never seen one!!! Most rivers I've seen are mountain ones (on "V" shaped valleys) with not a lot of places to cut path...