Published on March 6, 2014
Floodplains What? How? Where? So what? By Dubilet Olexiy
What? Floodplain –is an area of land adjacent to a stream or river that stretches from the banks of its channel to the base of the enclosing valley walls and experiences flooding during periods of high discharge.
How? Heavy precipitation (Rain) River overflow its banks. Flood begins River deposits materials onto the flood plains River gets back to its channel The heavier and coarser sediments will be found at the river’s edge. The finer ones further away from the river.
The smallest/lightest The heaviest particles
Where? Floodplains will be found in area where river’s depth is smallest and channel’s width is widest. From Lower-middle course to Lower course Somewhere out there
So what? We learned what a floodplain is. Now WHAT?
Why farming? Flooding have beneficial affect on your farm: Flooding brings minerals, nutrients and other useful nourishing materials to your soil. Plants can have moisturized land, with access to water reservoirs. Plants that require moist land can thrive very well in such a location. Fertility of the ground is replenished by the silt. The flooding is a useful replacement for irrigation.
WARNING! ATTENTION! ACHTUNG! Though floodplains economically benefit your farming activity, they still posses a serious threat to your life and property safety. Before you perform any activity on such territory consult a local landform expert (aka Geographer). Floodplains are usually regularly flooded. If you are building any construction there, be sure to provide it’s safety from being flooded. Avoid staying in such places overnight or setting a camping. Floods might happen overnight and flood your tents and YOU INSIDE.
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