Ait facts for kids
Aits are typically formed by the deposit of sediment in the water, which accumulates over a period of time. An ait is characteristically long and narrow, and may become a permanent island should it become secured and protected by growing vegetation. However, aits may also be eroded: the resulting sediment is deposited further downstream and could result in another ait. A channel with numerous aits is called a braided channel.
The word derives from Old English iggath (or igeth); the root of the word, ieg, meaning island, with a diminutive suffix.
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