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Definition: oxbow lake from Processing Water, Wastewater, Residuals, and Excreta for Health and Environmental Protection: An Encyclopedic Dictionary

A bow-shaped lake formed in the former channel of a river, e.g., at the site of a former river meander or by the natural closing of the oxbow bend of an aging river.


Summary Article: oxbow lake
from Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

Small lake located in a former meander loop of a river or stream channel. It is generally formed as a river cuts through a meander neck to shorten its course, blocks off the old channel, and then migrates away from the lake. If only one loop is cut off, the lake is crescent-shaped; if more than one loop is cut off, the lake is serpentine (winding). Eventually, oxbow lakes silt up to form marshes and finally meander scars.

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