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An oxbow lake is a U-shaped lake that forms when a wide meander from the main stem of a river is cut off, creating a free-standing body of water. This landform is so named for its distinctive curved shape, which resembles the bow pin of an oxbow. In Australia, an oxbow lake is called a billabong, from the indigenous Wiradjuri language.


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An oxbow lake is a special kind of lake that only forms next to meandering rivers. It is shaped like a crescent or a horseshoe and presents a unique ecosystem separate from the river.


Oxbow lake Formation of an oxbow lake. The river is meandering. across the valley. The river is eroding laterally (from side to side). The river flows faster on the outside bends and erodes them.


Oxbow lakes are still lakes, generally, no water flows in or out of oxbow lakes. They rely on local rainfall and, over time, can turn into swamps. Often, they ultimately evaporate in just a few years after having been cut off from the main river.


Can be used during a module on rivers. Students should make annotated diagrams to show the stage in the formation of an oxbow lake. They should then explain how the oxbow lake may disappear ...


An oxbow lake starts out as a curve, or meander, in a river.A lake forms as the river finds a different, shorter, course. The meander becomes an oxbow lake along the side of the river. Oxbow lakes usually form in flat, low-lying plains close to where the river empties into another body of water. On these plains, rivers often have wide meanders.


Today’s Wonder of the Day was inspired by Margie from Plainfield, IL. Margie Wonders, “How does an oxbow lake form?” Thanks for WONDERing with us, Margie! If you live near a river, you may have a certain type of lake in your area. If you look at a map and see a crescent-shaped lake not far ...


Oxbow Lake Formation An Oxbow Lake is a development of a meander, thanks to erosion and deposition. The neck/bend of the meander grows narrower and narrower and eventually the river just takes a ...