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  • Researchers' chance viewing of river cutoff forming provides rare insight

    Professors Bruce Rhoads (left) and Jim Best (right) and graduate student Jessica Zinger (center) documented development of two cutoff channels in a bend in the Wabash River, pictured in the background. The cutoffs released huge amounts of sediment into the river.

    Professors Bruce Rhoads (left) and Jim Best (right) and graduate student Jessica Zinger (center) documented development of two cutoff channels in a bend in the Wabash River, pictured in the background. The cutoffs released huge amounts of sediment into the river.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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  • Editor’s notes:  To reach Bruce Rhoads, call 217-333-1322; email brhoads@illinois.edu.
    To reach Jim Best, call 217-244-1839; email jimbest@illinois.edu.
    The paper, “Extreme Sediment Pulses Generated by Bend Cutoffs Along a Large Meandering River,” is available online.