A river’s meandering is measured by its sinuosity ratio, the ratio of distance flowed to straight-line distance. The lower Jordan averages about 2.1 (135 miles divided by 65 miles). But along some stretches of the lower Jordan, sinuosities exceed 2.3. A sinuosity of only 1.5 is sufficient to classify a river as meandering. Neither the Nile nor the Euphrates are classified as meandering rivers.