The terrestrial sediment cycle is not in equilibrium. Agriculture, civil engineering, and mining mobilize vast quantities of soils, unconsolidated sediment, and bedrock, perhaps more than all natural geomorphic processes combined [Hooke, 1994]. The hydraulic architecture of the land has been transformed to serve agriculture, water supplies, land reclamation, navigation, and power generation. Few rivers lack dams and reservoirs; large rivers are confined to their channels by levees; normal floodplains are conv…
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