anabranch

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anabranch

[′an·ə‚branch]
(hydrology)
A diverging branch of a stream or river that loses itself in sandy soil or rejoins the main flow downstream.
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A series of side branches, or anabranches, depart from the main channel of the river, and reunite with it further downstream.
The Alegre and Caracara Rivers are anabranches which run in a cutoff channel from the Cuiaba River to lake Baia dos Burros and other similar large open waters.
Additionally, samples were collected along a transect starting from beach deposits, and moving south along the main riverbed and anabranches.