Definition of river capture in English:

river capture


mass nounGeology
  • The natural diversion of the headwaters of one stream into the channel of another, typically resulting from rapid headward erosion by the latter stream.

    • ‘The main geological changes that have caused river capture are glaciation and tectonic movement associated with earthquake faults.’
    • ‘The study emphasizes the significance of river capture in re-routing both sediment and water discharge between sedimentary basins.’