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Farm river terms


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Terms used by river ecologists

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Farm river terms

  1. 1. RiveR TeRms
  2. 2. Index (click to jump to the term) • Headwaters • Tributary • Meander • Braided • Weathering and Erosion • Deposition • Delta • Load • Watershed Floodplain Rapids Flatwater Ox-bow Ox-bow lake Sediment Confluence Mature River Youthful river
  3. 3. Headwaters • n : the source of a river; “the little tributaries that are the start of the river”
  4. 4. Tributary • n. A stream that flows into a larger stream or other body of water
  5. 5. Meander • v: To follow a winding and turning course • (not just any turn in a river, but one on level land)
  6. 6. Weathering & Erosion • Breakup of earth materials by physical and/or chemical means • Movement of said materials
  7. 7. Deposition • n 1: the natural process of laying down a deposit of something • What would a river deposit? • Where? • Why?
  8. 8. Ox-bow • n. A u-shaped bend in a river.
  9. 9. Oxbow lake
  10. 10. Delta n 1: a low triangular area where a river divides before entering a larger body of water •What about the word delta?
  11. 11. Load • n. whatever the river is carrying in it • Such as???
  12. 12. Watershed: n. The whole region of land which contributes to the supply of a river or lake.
  13. 13. Floodplain • n. A plain bordering a river and subject to seasonal flooding.
  14. 14. Rapids • n. A fast moving part of a river
  15. 15. Flatwater
  16. 16. Gorge • –n 1. a narrow cleft with steep, rocky walls, especially one through which a stream runs
  17. 17. Sediment • The muck carried by the river that has settled to the bottom
  18. 18. Reservoir • a natural or artificial lake for collecting and storing water
  19. 19. Confluence • Place where streams or rivers come together
  20. 20. Mature River • A geology term. A mature section of a river is one that has certain characteristics (NOT AGE!)
  21. 21. Youthful river • A geology term. A youthful section of a river is one that has certain characteristics
  22. 22. Out behind the school… Use your river vocabularyUse your river vocabulary knowledge here!knowledge here!