14 times around the earth!
This is how far Sweden’s natural water courses would stretch
if you lay them end to end around the earth.
When the water winds its way through the landscape
the watercourse is said to meander.
On the outer edge of the meander, the water runs faster
and collects sand and clay from the riverbank.
This is called erosion. The water is deeper here.
After a bend, the water flows more slowly.
The sand and clay carried by the water drop to the bottom
and the water becomes shallower.
The variation in habitats in a meandering watercourse
is positive for biodiversity.