Journal article

Large-scale patterns of erosion and sediment transport in river networks, with examples from Australia

IP Prosser, ID Rutherfurd, JM Olley, WJ Young, PJ Wallbrink, CJ Moran

MARINE AND FRESHWATER RESEARCH | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2001

Abstract

This paper examines the patterns of sediment transport in rivers in terms of the sources of sediment and its transport and deposition through the river network. The analysis is in the context of dramatic human influences on river sediment transport and how they might influence freshwater ecosystems. The review of Australian work shows that erosion of hillslopes and stream banks has greatly increased in historical times, supplying vast quantities of sediment to rivers, much of which is still stored within the river system. The stored sediment will continue to effect in-stream and estuarine ecosystems for many decades. In most Australian catchments the dominant source of sediment is streambank..

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