Main channel

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Main channels are the thickest and deepest parts of the river, which is usually considered the body of the river. This is where the heaviest flow of water generally comes from. As rivers go on, they become wider and deeper due to the influx of other water sources. This is evident in the Missouri River due to the fact that you can see smaller rivers and streams flow into the main channel. Also, you can see small outlets of the river reconnect downstream which increases its ability to move water. These small outlets are not part of the main channel because they cannot hold as much water and the water is much shallower. These smaller areas flood easily because they are shallow, and therefore have smaller banks. Main channels offer a variety of benefits, anywhere from watering agriculture to transporting goods from one place to the next. This section of the river is clearly a main channel because it is wide and from what we can tell, it is deep as well.

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