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Source The start point of a river

Mouth Where a river enters the sea or a lake

Tributary Small river which flows into a larger

Confluence Where two river meet

Drainage Basin Area of land drained by a single river

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Watershed The imaginary land that surrounds a
drainage basin

Channel The feature in which a river flows

Traction Large boulders roll along the river

Saltation Small particles `jumping' along the
river bed

Suspension Small particles of clay and silt carried
along in the river

Solution Minerals are dissolved in…

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Hydraulic power Force of the water removing
material from the bed and banks of
the river.

Corrosion/Abrasion Pebbles in the flow of the river
hitting the bed and banks removing

Corrosion Rock minerals are dissolved in the

Attrition The load of the river colliding with
itself, breaking up…

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Gorge Steep sided narrow valley created by
a waterfall/river retreat.

Meander Bend in the middle and lower courses
of a river

River cliff Steep river bank on the outside of a

Slip off slope Gentle slope on the inside of a

Oxbow lake Semi-circular lake formed by a…

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Alluvium River deposited material

Levee Natural embankments of silt along
the banks of a river, often several
metres higher than the flood plain.

Delta The landform created when a river
splits up and flows into the sea
through more than one channel.


Mr A Gibson


A document of printable flash cards - this is good for getting those key terms exactly right. Most of the terminology you will need for river processes.

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