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Explain four ways through which a river transports its load.

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  1. Suspension; involves transportation of light insoluble materials like mud and clay down stream floating or partially submerged.
  2. Saltation/hydraulic lift; involves the transportation of large materials through a series of short jumps/hops. Material are pushed up by force of water and back by force of gravity.
  3. Traction; heavy materials are pushed and rolled along the riverbed by force of moving water.
  4. Solution; involves the transportation of materials already dissolved in water.
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