River Processes: erosion, transportation and deposition & the Hjulström Curve. There are three main types of processes that occur in a river. These are erosion. Sizes of particles: boulders & cobbles (more than 15 mm), gravel 2 The Hjulstrøm curve shows that particles of a size around 1mm require the. The Hjulström curve is an early attempt to describe the experimental behavior of particle motion in a moving current. It plots the velocity of entrainment versus.

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Rivers can only carry so much load depending on their energy.

Generally, erosion mainly occurs in the upper and middle courses and is either vertical hjulstgom lateral, and deposition mainly occurs in the middle and lower reaches of the river.

Drainage basin hydrological cycle Find out about the characteristics of the drainage basing hydrological cycle. When ccurve transportation you need to know the difference between the competence and capacity of a river. Water, being ever so hjustrom acidic 2will react with certain rocks and dissolve them. The long profile of a river The long profile of a river shows changes in the height altitude of the course of a river from its source to its mouth. The video below shows transportation in a river in the form of traction, saltation and suspension.

Deposition starts to occur at cm per second for particles of approximately 0. You seem to have disabled JavaScript. Eroded rocks collide and break into smaller fragments.

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Corrosion is a special type of erosion that only affects certain types of rocks. The largest of particles such as boulders are transported by traction. Waves that are tall curvw have long periods have correspondingly greater depths of wave base.


The obvious things rivers do with their energy is flow but, besides this, they also transport load, erode load and erode the channel through which they flow.

Wind erosion strongly affected by grain impact. Larger particles will be deposited at higher velocities where smaller particles will remain in transport. The competence is the maximum size of load a river is able to carry whereas capacity is the total volume of material a river can transport. Waves begin to move sediment when orbital velocity shear stress exceeds critical shear stress. As an hjulstro, a river flowing at 10cms -1 will transport clay, silt and sand particles but will deposit gravel, pebble and boulder particles.

Conversely, a river flowing at cms -1 will erode and transport large clay particles, silt particles, sand particles and most gravel particles. Slightly smaller particles, such as pebbles and gravel, are transported by saltation.

Force may be applied perpendicular to a surface, such as pressure, or parallel to a surface, such as shear. There are several different ways that a river erodes its bed and banks. A river can lose its energy when rainfall reduces, evaporation increases, friction close to river banks and shallow areas which leads to the speed of the river reducing and therefore the energy reduces, when a river has to slow down it reduces its speed and ability to transport material and when a river meets the sea.

The graph takes sediment particle size and water velocity into account. Hjulsrrom next type of erosion is corrasion 1. The mean settling velocity shows the minimum speed that particles of different sizes will be deposited by the river.

The capacity is slightly different in that this is the total amount of load that is carried.


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In general, the entrainment velocity is less under wind than water because grains falling through air are more likely to trigger other grains into motion.

The other strange pattern is that it takes more energy to erode some of the smallest particles. There are three main types of processes that occur in a river. Competence is the maximum size of load that a river can carry, and this is largely determined by velocity. There are different types of load, including bedloadsolute or dissolved load and suspended load which held in the water.

Corrosion – where ucrve acids within the water react with the rocks and bed and bank of the river.

This is because smaller particles are cohesive, they stick together, making them harder to dislodge and erode without high velocities. In between these two lines show the velocities of where sediment will be transported, thus the lines split the graph into three sections-erosion, transportation and deposition.

River Processes: erosion, transportation and deposition & Hjulström Curve – A Level Geography

Attrition makes the particles of rock smaller. Generally; Larger particles require more velocity to be lifted off the bed Larger particles will be deposited at higher velocities where smaller particles will remain in transport.

Water Balance The balance between inputs and outputs is known as the water balance or budget. Boulders require the smallest velocity for deposition, at only cm per second for the smallest boulders mm in size. A general rule is that water motion reaches downward to about one-half the wavelength of the wave.