Stream Capture

(redirected from Capture (rivers))

stream capture

[′strēm ‚kap·chər]
(aerospace engineering)
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Stream Capture


(also stream piracy), the capture by one stream of the drainage of a nearby stream flowing in a higher set valley. The morphological characteristics of stream capture are a sharp turn in a stream and a current in the captured sector that sometimes flows counter to the slope of the terrain. Stream capture is common in mountains.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.