Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms

2015 Edition
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Cutoff Chute

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3134-3_94


A flood-incised chute or floodplain channel that evolves into the dominant conveyor of river discharge (Constantine et al. 2010).


A type of  meander cutoff.



A new channel section along a swale between point bars (Stolum 1996).


A cutoff chute develops when the river cuts through its own point bar (Fig. 1), producing a new channel across the neck of a meander (e.g., Güneralp and Marston 2012). It leaves two channels in the meander bend with an island instead of a point bar near the apex of the river bend (Julien 2002).
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of GeographyUniversity of PécsPécsHungary