Tag Archives: River form

Luna Leopold’s papers online

  I have talked briefly about Luna Leopold (the famous American geomorphologist and hydrologist) before, but recently discovered this treasure trove of his writings collated here at the University of California, Berkeley.  It is called the ‘The Virtual Luna Leopold … Continue reading

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When 1 + 1 doesn’t always equal 2: drainage basins and stream order

All animals and plants live within the constraints of their physical environment. But the physical form of the flowing water environment is unique.  In the sea, there are, of course, vast distances between one ocean and another and these are … Continue reading

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Leonardo da Vinci: water, rivers, science and art (Part 1)

Leonardo da Vinci was a truly remarkable polymath.  He is variously known as a painter, sculptor, scientist (geologist, botanist), architect, engineer, musician and inventor. But, amongst his many areas of expertise, Leonardo could perhaps also be called an hydrologist or … Continue reading

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Young fish dispersal in rivers: get (in) the drift?

It makes sense, if you live in rivers, to make use of river currents to get around.  After all, it saves energy, and energy is something that is critical to the young stages of any animal. The phenomenon of ‘drift’, or … Continue reading

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River morphology: what runoff from storm-water drains can show us

On holiday on Phillip Island in January of 2012, I went for a walk along a beach the day after a downpour, and before the tide had come in.  Some way along the beach, I noticed a stormwater outlet, and the … Continue reading

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