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8.4: Streams and Rivers

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base level

base level

Where a stream meets a large body of standing water, usually the ocean.
confluence

confluence

Where two streams join together.
continental divide

continental divide

A divide that separates water that goes to different oceans.
divide

divide

A ridge that separates one water basin from another.
estuary

estuary

Where a stream meets a lake or, more usually, an ocean. The mixture of fresh and salt water attracts a large number of species and so estuaries have high biodiversity.
headwaters

headwaters

The location where a stream forms, often high in the mountains.
meander

meander

A bend or curve in a stream channel.
mouth

mouth

Where a stream enters a larger body of water such as a lake or an ocean.
stream

stream

A body of moving water, contained within a bank (sides) and bed (bottom).
tributary

tributary

The smaller of two streams that join together to make a larger stream.
floodplain

floodplain

The region near a stream bed where water from the stream overflows during floods.

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