Wing Dams

Impermeable, rigid barriers built out from a bank of a river or stream diverting the current to prevent or encourage scour. For similar structures located at the seashore, use "groins (erosion protection works)"; when such structures are built to control shoaling, use "jetties (erosion protection works).".

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Go Historic ID
2822
Names
wing dams
wing dam
dams, wing
dikes, spur
spur dikes
spur dykes
spurs
vleugeldammen Dutch
vleugeldam Dutch
escolleras Spanish
escollera Spanish

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Impermeable, rigid barriers built out from a bank of a river or stream diverting the current to prevent or encourage scour. For similar structures located at the seashore, use "groins (erosion protection works)"; when such structures are built to control shoaling, use "jetties (erosion protection works)."

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300006151. The J. Paul Getty Trust.