drainage basin morphometry

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The measurement of the surface form of a drainage basin, and of the arrangement and organization of the associated river network. Properties such as area, shape, gradient, and relief are important elements of form (see drainage basin shape index; and drainage basin relief ratio), while the stream network is investigated through a study of its components and of the ways in which they are related. See also drainage network analysis.

Subjects: Ecology and Conservation — Earth Sciences and Geography.

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