Stream bank

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A sloping sandy point bar (close side) and the vegetation-stabilized cut bank (far side) on the Namoi River, New South Wales, Australia. These two constitute the banks of the river.

A stream bank or riverbank consists of the terrain alongside the bed of a river, creek, or stream. The grade of the bank can vary from vertical to a shallow slope.[1]

The stream bank consists of the sides of the channel, between which the flow is confined.[2]

Diagram for definition of the river bank's sides

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  1. ^ Dictionary for Geographic Words[dead link]
  2. ^ Luna B. Leopold, M. Gordon Wolman, John P. Miller. (1995). Fluvial processes in geomorphology. New York: Dover Publications. ISBN 978-0-486-68588-5.