Point bar- Ted Shanks Wildlife Management Area

Point bar- Ted Shanks Wildlife Management Area

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A point bar forms as the river continues to deposit sediment on the inner bank of an expanding loop. Generally, when loops are formed in a river, the constantly moving water creates friction, thus causing the outer bank (cut bank) to slowly be eroded. However, as the loop expands, sediment is deposited on the inner bank (point bar), creating a point bar. Over time, this process continues to happen, causing the river to become curvier. The mapped point bar is located right outside of Ted Shanks Wildlife Management Area between Hannibal Mo and Louisiana MO. In addition to provided a wide variety of outdoor recreation activities, the conservation area has a rich history and provides visitors with an abundance of floor control information. Visitors can explore this point bar by planing trips that include hiking, camping, hunting, or fishing. The conservation area was once a hunting and battle ground from several Native American tribes and was later owned by one of the founders of St. Louis Some of the floor control mechanisms featured in the Ted Shanks Conservation Area include levees, pump stations, water canals, and 45 additional water control structures. The Ted Shanks Point Bar is an exemplar formation because it is clear to see both the cut bank and the point bar and understand how the bar was formed.

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Point bar- Ted Shanks Wildlife Management Area

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