Slough (hydrology)

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A slough is a wetland, usually a swamp or shallow lake, often a backwater to a larger body of water.[1] Water tends to be stagnant or may flow slowly on a seasonal basis.[2]

In North America, a slough can be a side-channel from or feeding a river, or an inlet or natural channel only sporadically filled with water.[3] An example of this is Finn Slough on the Fraser River, whose lower reaches have dozens of notable sloughs.


  1. ^ "What is a slough?". National Ocean Service. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Aber, James S. (2012). "Wetland Definitions and Classification". Wetland Environments. Emporia State University. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Oxford Dicionaries Online