The East Styrian Hills south of Herberstein

An interfluve is a narrow, elongated and plateau-like or ridge-like landform between two valleys.[1][2] Whittow, more generally, defines an interfluve as an area of higher ground between two rivers in the same drainage system.[3]


These landforms are created by earth flow ("solifluction"). They can also be former river terraces that are subsequently bisected by fluvial erosion. In cases where there is a deposit of younger sedimentary beds (loess, colluvium) the interfluves have a rounder and less rugged appearance. A consequence of interfluve formation is the so-called "interfluvial landscape."[2]

Occurrence of interfluvial landscapes


  1. Ernst Neef (ed.): Riedel. In: Ders.: Das Gesicht der Erde (Taschenbuch der physischen Geographie). Verlag Harri Deutsch, Frankfurt/M, 1970, p. 774.
  2. 1 2 Leser, Hartmut, ed. (2005). Wörterbuch Allgemeine Geographie, 13th ed., dtv, Munich, p. 766, ISBN 978-3-423-03422-7.
  3. Whittow, John (1984). Dictionary of Physical Geography. London: Penguin, 1984, p. 275. ISBN 0-14-051094-X.
  4. Sicherung und Entwicklung der charakteristischen Riedellandschaft zwischen Dürrer Aurach und Aubach at Retrieved 1 Jan 2015
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