Why Do Rivers Curve?

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Video and Image Credits

Waterfalls Cascading – Courtesy Shutterstock

Rio cauto Cuba – Public Domain Photo

Tiger Leaping Gorge – Courtesy Shutterstock

River coming from mountain – Google Earth
42°21’35.72″ S 173°34’30.41″ E

Meandering River – Google Earth Engine

Under Water 2 – Ken Mankoff

Oxbow Lake Australia – GoogleEarth
23°41’31.06″ S 150°47’53.91″ E

Oxbow Lake Colombia – GoogleEarth
3°20’18.70″ N  70°07’10.92″ O

Oxbow Lake France – Google Earth
46°55’24.16″ N   5°19’28.34″ E

Dry Oxbow Lake Colorado – Google Earth
32°00’06.80″ N 115°07’19.81″ O

Martian Rivers on Aeolis Planum – NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Mars Rover Curiosity – Public Domain Image’s_Concept,_Wide.jpg

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