Boulder mound

Boulder mound

Position: In-channel



Linguoid shaped boulder feature with a convex surface cross-section. Comprise a cluster of boulders without matrix, fining in a downstream direction.


Process description

Deposited under high velocity conditions. When the competence limit of the flow drops, the coarsest boulders are deposited, forming obstructions to flow. Secondary lee circulation occurs in the wake of the coarse clasts. Finer boulders and pebbles are subsequently deposited downstream of the core clasts, resulting in distinct downstream fining.