Theoretical explanation for the incipient formation of meanders in straight rivers.

Advances a theoretical explanation for the lateral periodicity and geometric similarity of meanders observed in rivers of many sizes. Invoking the static equilibrium of a straight river bed, it is shown analytically that the equilibrium shape of the bed is a unique sinusoid. The theoretical wavelength of the sinusoidal shape is proportional to the width of the river, in agreement with visual observations of rivers of all sizes. -Author

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bejan, A

Published Date

  • 1982

Published In

  • Geophysical Research Letters

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 831 - 834

Citation Source

  • SciVal