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We've straightened and dredged rivers, revetted and rerouted them, made massive efforts to control them, yet our actions have been less than successful. Too often, physical changes made to a river conflict with natural processes, resulting in - rather than alleviating - damage. Applying available knowledge on how rivers form and act could prevent such problems. Widely regarded as the most creative scholar in the field of river morphology, Luna Leopold presents a coherent description of the river, its shape, size, organisation, and action, along with a consistent theory that explains much of the observed character of channels.
Luna B. Leopold is Emeritus Professor of Geology at the University of California, Berkeley. Former Chief Hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey and winner of the National Medal of Science, he is one of the world's leading authorities on river hydraulics and geomorphology.
Preface 1. The River Channel 2. River Measurement 3. Down the Channel System 4. Meanders and Bars 5. Distribution of Discharge in Space and Time 6. Rivers of the World 7. Flow Variability and Floods 8. Relationships between Channel and Discharge 9. A Field Example: Watts Branch 10. The Hydraulic Geometry 11. Sediment Load 12. The Drainage Network 13. Energy Utilization 14. River Morphology: The Most Probable State References Symbols Author Index General Index
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