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From Rivers to Oceans



From Rivers to Oceans
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     challenging words:    Distributaries, distributary, drainage, velocity, historian, sediment, formation, material, survival, extremely, landscape, channel, destination, earth, perilous, view
     content words:    Nile River, Mississippi River, North America, Ganges River, Rhine River, Great Lakes, Lawrence River, Chesapeake Bay, Savannah River, Rio Grande River


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From Rivers to Oceans
By Trista L. Pollard
  

1     Raindrops are like baby oceans falling from the sky. Sounds silly? Well, raindrops may not be "baby oceans," but those water drops travel many miles before reaching the Earth's oceans, their final destination. These drops, along with the Earth's landscape, help to form river systems. River systems are groups of drainage basins and streams that drain water from specific areas of continents. These systems are extremely important to the survival of the Earth's oceans.
 
2     The journey of the raindrop begins in one of the many drainage basins that exist around the world. A drainage basin collects the water that falls to the ground. The collected water is then delivered to the rivers, which then flow into the oceans. Let's see how these systems transport rainwater to the Earth's oceans.
 
3     River systems contain three major parts: the trunk, the tributaries, and the distributaries. Tributaries are groups of small streams that often begin in the mountains. These streams flow into larger streams, and they combine with other streams, eventually forming the trunk. The trunk is a major river and its tributaries. Distributaries are responsible for the last leg of the raindrop's journey. Distributaries branch off major rivers and transport water to oceans. They are only found in river deltas. Deltas are areas of sediment deposition around the mouths of rivers, where the river meets the sea or ocean. Some rivers do not carry enough sediment to form deltas, or the sediment is swept away by strong ocean waves at the mouth of the river.

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