Small natural features are small things of high importance. I like the analogy used of the “Frodo Effect,” where the small and unassuming Hobbit has more importance than his larger peers. The best that Gandalf and the fellowship of the ring can do is to protect Frodo so he can do his job. There are many water features that are Frodo-like. I would expand the concept to include not only place-based features but also small natural events (e.g. channel modifying flow events) that occur in the dimension of time. At any rate, you may find the term “Frodo effect” useful for explaining your work and why you, or anyone else, would/should care about small natural freshwater features.

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