Stream Network Branching

credit Hansjorg Seybold, MIT
Simulations reveal how natural streams branch. 

When groundwater flows to the surface, stream networks emerge. Simulations suggest that streams tend to branch off at a specific angle, and stream evolution can be modeled as a diffusing field. 

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Gray arrow  Ramification of Stream Networks

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