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river capture

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Definition of river capture in English:

noun

[mass noun] Geology
The natural diversion of the headwaters of one stream into the channel of another, typically resulting from rapid headward erosion by the latter stream.
Example sentences
  • The main geological changes that have caused river capture are glaciation and tectonic movement associated with earthquake faults.
  • The study emphasizes the significance of river capture in re-routing both sediment and water discharge between sedimentary basins.

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