Story: Water resources

Braided river (2nd of 4)

Braided river

The separate strands of the Rakaia River wend toward the distant sea. Braided rivers form when sediment and gravel build up on the riverbed. Eventually the build-up becomes so high that the water, seeking the lowest path, begins to flow down a new channel. In this way the streams of a braided river are constantly moving across their wide bed.

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Mike Scarsbrook and Charles Pearson, 'Water resources - Rivers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 January 2022)

Story by Mike Scarsbrook and Charles Pearson, published 24 Nov 2008