Articles | Volume 5, issue 1
Research article
22 Mar 2017
Research article |  | 22 Mar 2017

Laboratory rivers: Lacey's law, threshold theory, and channel stability

François Métivier, Eric Lajeunesse, and Olivier Devauchelle


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Short summary
More than a century of experiments have demonstrated that many features of natural rivers can be reproduced in the laboratory. Here, we revisit some of these experiments to show that, regardless of the river's planform (single-thread or braiding), laboratory rivers behave like their natural counterparts. We further suggest that sediment transport could be responsible for the transition into a braided river, which could, in turn, explain the scarcity of laboratory single-thread channels.