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1 ....... Figure 22. Simultaneous tide curves at three stations in the lower Ord River. , 1973). , 1975). , the Ord) are distinguished by their characteristic bell or funnel shapes, wherein channel width decreases progressively upstream. The rates of upstream convergence vary considerably among individual rivers and may be either linear or exponential. 5 m, respectively, at 65 km upstream from the mouth . This convergence is accompanied by an upstream increase in channel sinuosity. , 1973). The tidal amplification that would normally result from decreasing channel cross-section is just balanced by dissipation of the tide through the mechanism of bed friction.

Wright TIMOR SEA , 1 . I. Figure 21. , 1975). a standing wave, although in most natural estuaries and channels the tides possess properties of both wave types. In the case of a classic progressive wave, tidal currents attain maximum velocities at high and low water and cease at midtide. , 1973). In the standing-wave situation, currents are slack at high and low water and are strongest at midtide. Consequently, when water levels are highest and inundate the widest surface, currents are weak. In the Ord River this effect was found to result in extensive River Deltas !


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