Braided Channels

A braided channel is one that is divided into smaller channels by temporary islands called eyots. Braided channels tend to form in rivers that have a significant amount of sedimentary load, a steep profile and where discharge regularly fluctuates.

When the river’s carrying capacity is exceeded the river deposits its load into the channel and eyots form.

The image below shows the Waimakariri River which is braided over most of its course.

A braided channel on the  Waimakariri River. Source: Wikipedia

A braided channel on the Waimakariri River. Source: Wikipedia