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Making a Miniature River

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Despite wide differences in ecology and geology, rivers around the world share certain fundamental features. Physicists study these characteristics by creating small-scale rivers in the laboratory, like the experiment featured in this Lutetium Project video. Within these systems, scientists can carefully control variables and discover useful patterns, like the two parameters needed to describe the shape of a river’s profile! (Image and video credit: The Lutetium Project)

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