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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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Downstream of Hume Dam, the species was seen in Lake Mulwala and a number of lagoons, backwaters or anabranches of the Murray River (Brown's Lagoon, Horseshoe Lagoon, Wonga Wetlands and Wodonga Creek at Albury-Wodonga, Torgannah Lagoon near Koonoomoo, Lake Moodemere near Wahgunyah).
Even where overbank flooding can occur, it is thought that the primary factor driving displacement of floodwaters from the existing channel into anabranches is the reduction in hydraulic efficiency in the main channel caused by increases in channel sinuosity over time [168, 170].
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. Six test pits were excavated along the lava formation and in most cases small samples of volcanic glass were recovered below 1.5m.
During the rest of the growing season, this surface is only partly inundated by the shifting anabranches of Plum Creek.