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Meandering Rivers Experiments: Carbonate Precipitation Process

We conducted a set of carbonate experiments in the Chemo-MorphoDynamics (CMD) flume at the University of Texas at Austin to investigate the formation and evolution of a single-thread meander pattern without vegetation. These experiments successfully created a single-thread meandering pattern through chemical processes. Carbonate deposits focused along the channel sides improved the bank stability and made them resistant to erosion, which led to a stream confined in a narrow path. The experimental channels showed lateral migration of the bend through cut bank and point bar deposits.