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graded reach

graded reach A length (reach) of a stream channel in which the gradient and cross-sectional form have become adjusted to carry just the discharge and sediment load that are normally supplied from upstream. Such a reach is said to be in equilibrium. Early definitions emphasized the smooth long profile of such a reach; it is now realized that a profile may be irregular and the reach still be graded.

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graded reach

graded reach A length (reach) of stream channel whose gradient and cross-sectional form have become adjusted to carry just the discharge and sediment load that are normally supplied from upstream. Such a reach is said to be in equilibrium. Early definitions emphasized the smooth long profile of such a reach; it is now realized that a profile may be irregular and the reach still be graded.

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"graded reach." A Dictionary of Earth Sciences. . Retrieved August 21, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/graded-reach