knickpoint


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knickpoint

(ˈnɪkˌpɔɪnt) or

nickpoint

n
(Physical Geography) a break in the slope of a river profile caused by renewed erosion by a rejuvenated river
[C20: partial translation of German Knickpunkt, from knicken to bend + Punkt point]
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Once connection with the main channel is made, upstream migration of a knickpoint creates a new channel [162, 168].
Downcutting by upper Mud Brook is limited by a sandstone knickpoint near the intersection of State Route 8 and Graham Road in the southwestern part of the study area (Fig.
Knickpoint (reaches of anomalously steep gradient) evaluation was carried out for all the channels observed on the sea bed to further evaluate any major changes that occurred during the Holocene times, hence providing important information about the prevailing channel environments in the region.
The point at which the sudden change in stream elevation occurs is called a nickpoint, often spelled knickpoint. Over time, the force of falling water gradually erodes a nickpoint, causing it to retreat.
The longitudinal profiles of the streams running towards the Zulovska pahorkatina Hilly Land display a knickpoint around 400 m a.s.l.