The Drainage Basin

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The Drainage Basin Hydrological Cycle

The drainage basin is the catchment area from which a river system obtains its water. An imaginary line called the watershed delimits one drainage basin from another.The watershed generally follows a ridge of high land; any rain falling on the other side of the ridge will eventually flow into another river in the adjacent drainage basin.

The drainage basin hydrological cycle contains a number of inputs, outputs, stores and transfers.

Drainage basin system (

Drainage Basin: area of land drained by a river and its tributaries

Watershed: boundary between two river systems on high relief land

Precipitation: deposition of moisture from the atmosphere to the surface, eg rain, sleet

Evapotranspiration: release of water vapour from the


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