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