Parts of a River

By Cadet Ceja-Escobedo

Example of a river parts.


A delta is where sediments are deposited where a river flows into a lake or ocean and build up to make a platform.

This is the Nile River Delta. Deltas are usually triangle shaped


Divide is a border that separates different watersheds.

The lime green color that fades away on the map shows where the divide is.


Floodplains are a flat wide area along a river that is underwater when the near to it river floods.

Great Basin

A great basin is an area where water does not open into a larger body of water and evaporates leaving large traces of salt behind.  

This is an example of a great basin. The seen ridges are actually piled salt.


Headwaters are the extreme upper reaches of a stream, usually shadowy.

This headwaters is connected to Lake County Ohio. Shade is created by trees.


A river's mouth is the opening of a river that leads to a larger area of water such as an ocean.

The river's mouth is the left side of pic.The right side is where rivers meet.


Source is where your water begins at. Usually from rain or melted snow.

The snow on the mountains would melt, then making streams that lead to rivers.


A tributary is a stream or river that leads to a mainstream.

the stream is moving upward with attaching streams next to the mainstream.


A watershed is an area of high water to low water, emptying out to a larger body of water.  

The pic. does not show all parts of a watershed, but shows most important parts.

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