Origin of step-pool systems in mountain streams

  • Whittaker J
  • Jaeggi M
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Longitudinal stream profiles do not ususally show a smoothly varying
slope, but take the form of reaches of alternately flatter and steeper
slope, due to deep and shallow sections, respectively. The tendency
for this development is a fundamental characteristic of many streams,
and is largely independent of channel bed or bank material. In steep
mountain streams, this tendency has frequently been reported. In
these sstreams, the alternating sections are often called steps and
pools because of their stair-like appearance. Until a fundamental
understanding of the development and characeristics of step-pool
sequences is gained, solutions to problems of hydraulics in steep
mountain streams will rest on vague empiricism. The objective of
this paper is to clarify the origin of step-pool sequences and to
assess their effect on the stability of the bed.

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  • Jeffrey G Whittaker

  • Martin N R Jaeggi

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