ES1303  Observe how sediment is transported by flowing water.
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Jennifer Loomis, TERC
  • Flowing water transports gravel, rocks, and boulders downstream by rolling or sliding them along the bottom of the streambed.
  • Small grains of sand and gravel can bounce along the bottom in a series of jumps.
  • Smaller sand, silt, and clay particles are transported in suspension. The particles move downstream suspended in the turbulent water, giving the water a muddy appearance.
  • Dissolved rock materials (not visible) move downstream in solution.