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Alfalfa Sprouts Key to Discovering How Meandering Rivers Form and Maintain
October 5, 2009
Restoring rivers to their natural state is now hit-and-miss, primarily because scientists don't really know what makes a river meander. A scale model using alfalfa sprouts to represent vegetation now shows that strong banks and fine sediment are key. With the help of this large flume model, University of California, Berkeley researchers hope to explore effects of climate change and land use on Earth's meandering streams and rivers.
University of California, Berkeley
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