Fluvial Landforms of Glen Feshie and the Spey Drainage Basin

Alan Werritty (Lead / Corresponding author)

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The Spey drainage basin incorporates a classic assemblage of fluvial landforms recording both their evolution during the Lateglacial and Holocene and the operation of present-day fluvial processes. Noteworthy examples of relict and active alluvial fans occur alongside major sequences of river terraces. Although most reaches of wandering gravel-bed rivers within the drainage basin are relatively stable today, active meanders and braided reaches (notably in Glen Feshie) provide an opportunity to assess the operation of present-day processes. Sediment reworked by fluvial processes from glacigenic sources—notably undercut terraces and fans—is often boulder-sized, creating a high threshold for subsequent re-entrainment. Whilst relatively frequent floods generate channel change in some wandering gravel-bed rivers, other fluvial assemblages such as mountain torrents and large fans are only reworked during rare floods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLandscapes and Landforms of Scotland
EditorsColin K. Ballantyne, John E. Gordon
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783030712464
ISBN (Print)9783030712457 (hbk), 9783030712488 (pbk)
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameWorld Geomorphological Landscapes
ISSN (Print)2213-2090
ISSN (Electronic)2213-2104


  • Alluvial fans
  • Braided rivers
  • Floods
  • Meanders
  • Sediment storage
  • Terraces
  • Wandering gravel-bed rivers


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