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Department
Earth & Environmental Sciences
Course
EESC 1158
Professor
Donald James
Semester
Fall

Description
SEDIMENT TRANSPORT Builds habitat Erodes landscapes Erodes structures Reduces reservoir capacity When water flow slows down due to dam, sediment transporting in river settles at bottom, filling in the  reservoir over time Sediment transport by rivers • Function of: – available sediment (sediment supply and size) – amount of water flow – rate of water flow – turbulence of water flow • Feedback with morphology – sediment load affects channel shape and habitat Things that flow in the environment: Air Rock Ice Water Physics: Laminar and Turbulent Flow Streams are turbulent Two kinds of fundamental flow▯  streams = turbulent (swirling, chaotic motion…) glaciers are laminar (straight line flow) Which kind of f
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