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Flashcards in Drainage Basin Deck (10):
1

What is the drainage basin?

The area of land drained by a river

Rain water collects and runs into a main river it is often bowl shaped

2

What is watershed?

The edge of highland surrounding a drainage basin
Marks the boundary between two drainage basins

3

What is the source?

The beginning or start of a river

4

What is a confluence?

The point at which two rivers or streams join

5

What is a tributary?

A stream or smaller river which joins a larger stream or river

6

What is the mouth?

The point where the river comes to an end
Usually entering the sea

7

What is the channel?

The landform which the river flows through

8

What are inter locking spurs?

Hard rock that the river doesn't have the energy to erode

9

What is weathering?

Weathering wears away the valley side and the stream removes the debris

10

How are interlocking spurs created?

As river flows through valley it's forced side to side around more resistant rock (spurs)
Little energy for lateral erosion river cuts down vertically between spurs of higher land creating interlocking spurs

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