Mammoth Memory

Ox-bow Lake – An arc-shaped lake which has been cut off from a meandering river

To learn what an ox-bow lake is, it helps if you know what an ox bow is:

To learn what an ox-bow lake is, it helps if you know what an ox bow is:

As you can see, an ox bow is a U-shaped piece of wood used as a collar for an ox, the upper parts fastened to its yoke.

As you can see, an ox bow is a U-shaped piece of wood used as a collar for an ox, the upper parts fastened to its yoke.

So, now you can see that an ox-bow is U-shaped, you can recognise an ox-bow lake, as below:

So, now you can see that an ox-bow is U'shaped, you can recognise an ox-bow lake, as below:

It will help you further if you know how they are formed:

It will help you further if you know how they are formed.

The outside of the bends are eroded while particles carried by the water are deposited on the insides:

The outside of the bends are eroded while particles carried by the water are deposited on the outsides:

Over time, the bend changes shape:

Over time, the bend changes shape:

The river eventually flows through the remaining narrow gap and the land is sealed off by further deposits from the water, leaving behind an ox-bow lake:

The river eventually flows through the remaining narrow gap and the land is sealed off by further deposits from the water, leaving behind an ox-bow lake:

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