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The port and city are the southern terminus of the Suez Canal that transits through Egypt and debouches into the Mediterranean Sea near Port Said.

Debouch from French origin meaning to cause to emerge, and is a term used in river, stream, and glacier geography. The term also has a usage in military applications.


In fluvial geomorphology a debouch is when runoff from a small, confined space emerges into a larger, broader space. Common examples are when a stream runs into a river or when a river runs into an ocean. Debouching can generate mass amounts of sediment transport. When a narrow stream travels down a mountain pass into a basin, for example, an alluvial fan will form from the mass deposit of the sediment. The four largest rivers (the Amazon, the Ganges-Brahmaputra, the Yangtze and the Yellow) are responsible for 20% of the global discharge of sediment in to the oceans via debouches.


In fluvial geography, a debouch is a place where a body of water pours forth from a narrow opening. Some examples are: where a river or stream emerges from a narrow constraining landform, such as a defile, into open country or a wider space; a creek joins a river; or a stream flows into a lake.


In military usage of debouch: as a noun, a fortification at the end of a defile is sometimes known as a debouch; and as a verb, soldiers emerging from a narrow space are also said to "debouch." [1]

Further reading

  • Ma, Yanxia(2009). Continental Shelf Sediment Transport and Depositional Processes on an Energetic, Active Margin: the Waiapu River Shelf, New Zealand. pp 2, 19
  • Mitchell, Martha S. River Rules: The Nature of Streams. pp 5

See also

  • Fluvial landforms of streams
  • Region of freshwater influence

External links


  1. Oxford English Dictionary debouch and as a verb and a noun.

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