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How does a river begin?

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How does a river begin? Most of the rainwater that falls on the land returns to the sea by way of rivers. Rainwater first soaks into the ground, but once the ground is saturated the excess water begins to run off in small streams.

More water comes from melting ice and snow. Small streams gradually merge and become bigger, until they eventually form a river.

The tiny streams that are the source of a river often begin in damp areas such as swamps or bogs, or may flow out of a pond or lake. Usually they are in hills or mountains, where the rainfall is heaviest.

The character of a river changes along its course. The rushing stream near its source slows as it reaches flatter ground, and as it nears the sea, the river becomes wider and the flow is more sluggish.


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Category: Education  - ( Education Archive)

Date Added: 09 December '11


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