point bar

A low, curved ridge of sand and gravel along the inner bank of a meandering stream. Point bars form through the slow accumulation of sediment deposited by the stream when its velocity drops along the inner bank.

Nearby words

  1. point a,
  2. point after,
  3. point angle,
  4. point attractor,
  5. point b,
  6. point barrow,
  7. point charge,
  8. point count,
  9. point coupé,
  10. point d'alençon

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