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Area Salmon River
Topic Tour: Channels and Sediment

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This photo shows a stream channel after a debris torrent has occurred.

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This lower gradient reach of a small Salmon River tributary has also recently experienced a debris torrent. Note the angular rock in the channel.

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Large boulders were washed down this stream reach, and high water flows have scoured stream banks.

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This small Salmon River tributary channel is scoured as the result of a debris torrent. Note that riparian trees are partially buried by the rubble that was transported.

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While debris torrents can disrupt in the short term fish habitat, they are the major contributor of large wood and spawning gravels, which are essential elements of fish habitat in the Salmon River.

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