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The abandoned, horseshoe-shaped channel of a former stream meander after the stream formed a neck cutoff. Also known as abandoned channel.
A closely looping, U-shaped stream meander whose curvature is so extreme that only a neck of land remains between the two parts of the stream. Also known as horseshoe bend.
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 It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a section of a river channel fully or partially separated from the river. Oxbows occur as a result of changes in the channel, for example, when the river cuts through a meander neck or when shoals block a branch of the river. Oxbows are floodplain lakes, usually overgrown, which are flooded or connected with the river when the water level is high.

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