See How A River Totally Changes Over Time In This GIF

See How a River Totally Changes Over Time in This GIF

Watch as satellite imagery shows how the windy Ucayali River in Peru changed its course over the span of 25 years. The sharp bends of the original river start moving around and then even merge at some points creating a whole new pathway, while the leftover bodies of water are just put out on their own. It's just fascinating to see how dramatically things can change.

Hindered Settling writes:

This scene also comes from the Ucayali River and it is a nice example of how both neck cutoffs and chute cutoffs form. First a neck cutoff takes place that affects the tight bend in the right side of the image; this is followed by a chute cutoff immediately downstream of the neck cutoff location, as the new course of the river happens to align well with a pre-existing chute channel


Comments

    you can also make out roughly, the river course pre-1985

    How does that completely cut off bit stay blue for so long?

    I'm amazed no one has blamed global warming for it. It's different, it must be global warming. I stubbed my toe, it's global warming. My car ran out of petrol, it's global warming. It's the latest catch cry. Oh, and I do believe in global warming but I'm getting sick of every little thing being blamed on global warming although no one blamed this river's different path because of global warming so my rant is mute. Must be global warming. Lol

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