River terms

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Spring/Source
The start of a river, usually on a mountain, hill or ridge.
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Tributary
A river which joins a larger river e.g. R.Roding is a tributary of R.Thames.
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Confluence
The point at which 2 or 3 rivers meet.
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Drainage Basin/Catchment area
The area drained by a main river and its tributaries. e.g. Amazon drainage basin.
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Water shed
A ridge of high land separating two drainage basins.
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Estuary
The tidal part of the river as it flows towards the sea.
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Mouth
The point at which the river reaches the sea.
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A river which joins a larger river e.g. R.Roding is a tributary of R.Thames.

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Tributary

Card 3

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The point at which 2 or 3 rivers meet.

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Card 4

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The area drained by a main river and its tributaries. e.g. Amazon drainage basin.

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Card 5

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A ridge of high land separating two drainage basins.

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