Observe Changes in the Channel of a Meandering River

Inc. Center for Earth and Space Science Education at TERC, Exploring Earth

This aerial photo of the Rio Puerco River in New Mexico shows the path of the river channel in four different years. Flash enabled slides superimpose meandering patterns from 1935, 1958, 1973, and 1990 to show how the river has changed course over time. Users can click to turn the river's path on or off for each year and examine the paths to see where straight sections of the river developed meanders or meandering sections were later straightened.

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