All about rivers
Posted by Dan | Feb 7th, 2021 - 8:10pm
Rivers are a glorious part of any landscape, they can be the perfect backdrop to any adventure and have some amazing features that shape the world around them and make for an amazing photo or two. If you are anything like me, you have spent a huge amount of time rambling around rivers, looking for those beauty spots or those quiet riverside nooks to relax in, but do you know just everything about the natural wonders of rivers? Here are 10 questions to check on your geology and geography when it comes to rivers.
An interesting phenomenon that impacts many rivers around the United Kingdom is a tidal bore - a relatively rare occurrence worldwide, for this to happen it requires a substantial tidal range and an estuary whose layout naturally acts as a funnel. But what is a bore?
Out on your adventures, you may come across large obstructions to the river called weirs. These dam-like structures often span the entire width of rivers but allow water to flow over them - what is their purpose?
Rapids, or white-water, are an often exciting and raucous section of river that is popular among rafters for their high speeds and turbulent nature. But what causes rapids to form along an otherwise calm river?
The areas along a riverbank are often some of the most biodiverse and densely vegetated, making them valuable habitats but also increasing their beauty for adventurers passing through. But what is this area called?
The headwater, or source, of a river can often be a debated topic - how do we most commonly define a river's source?
When two rivers meet at a confluence, how do we determine which of the rivers is the 'main stem', and which is the tributary?
What is the difference between a perennial and an ephemeral river?
While not commonly found in the UK, heavily sedimented rivers can carry that sediment and deposit it into its mouth forming a spiders-web of river outlets with a patchwork of island in-between. What is this area called?
The United Kingdom's longest river, the River Severn, sits at a relatively short 220 miles. How many miles long is River Nile, the longest river in the world?
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