Articles | Volume 6, issue 1
Earth Surf. Dynam., 6, 29–48, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-6-29-2018
Earth Surf. Dynam., 6, 29–48, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-6-29-2018

Research article 06 Feb 2018

Research article | 06 Feb 2018

Alluvial cover controlling the width, slope and sinuosity of bedrock channels

Jens Martin Turowski

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Bedrock channels are a key component of mountainous landscapes. Here, a new model of the steady-state morphology, including channel width, slope and sinuosity, is derived from process physics considerations. The model compares favourably to observed scaling relations.