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Laminar flow

The picture shown here contains an example of laminar flow. As the water flows over the rock shown in the center/right of the picture, the streamlines do not cross. This is different from turbulent flow. This is also different from the braided nature of some currents in water.

Laminar flow does not result in abrasive action at the bottom of the river.


This is an example of laminar flow.
Click on image for full size version (43K JPG)
Image from: C. Alexander

Laminar flow

The picture shown here contains an example of "quiet, smooth" flow. The rock near the center of the picture shows a very smooth portion of water flowing over it. As the water flows over the rock, no portion of the flow crosses another portion of the flow. This kind of flow is called *Laminar*. This is different from turbulent flow.

Laminar flow does not cause much sand to be picked up from the bottom of the river.


This is an example of laminar flow.
Click on image for full size version (43K JPG)
Image from: C. Alexander

Laminar flow

The picture shown here contains an example of "quiet, smooth" flow. The rock near the center of the picture shows a very smooth portion of water flowing over it. As the water flows over the rock, no portion of the flow crosses another portion of the flow. This is different from turbulent flow.

Laminar flow does not cause much sand to be picked up from the bottom of the river.


This is an example of laminar flow.
Click on image for full size version (43K JPG)
Image from: C. Alexander



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