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Created by Emily W. and Olivia T.
Rivers are found all over the globe. They come in all sizes, some long, some narrow, some wide, and some short. They are found on every continent, except Antarctica, which is home to a few creeks and glacial streams. The study of rivers is called Potamology.
There is not any specific definition of a river, but generally smaller ones are called creeks, streams, brooks, and tributaries. Rivers are just natural watercourses that flow towards a larger body of water or another river. They are usually freshwater and the water is collected through precipitation from a drainage basin collected through surface runoffs, snowpacks and icepacks, springs, and groundwater recharge.
The climate of rivers can vary by location. Rivers in a wet climate may recieve a lot of rain, and rivers in dry climates may receive very little rain. The temperature varies with the location as well, and may vary in different parts of the river.
The map below shows just the major rivers of the world.




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This map shows the major rivers of the world.


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Volga River
The Volga River is found in Europe. The average temperature is around 26.1oC at the warmest in July and coldest in the winter months at a temperature of 0oC.

River-Hudson_PHOTO.jpgThe Hudson River is located in the United States. Average temperature throughout a year ranges from 12.8oC to 4.4oC. In the Hudson River Valley 106.5cm of precipitaion on average falls each year.
River-Yangtze_PHOTO.jpgThe Yangtze River is the third longest river in the world and the longest river in Asia. It is 6,419 kilometers long and it empties into the East China Sea.
River-Orinoco_PHOTO.jpgThe Orinoco River, one of the longest rivers in South America, passes through Venezuela and Columbia. In the rainy season, it may have a depth of 100 meters.
River-Limpopo_PHOTO.jpgThe Limpopo River in Africa flows towards the Indian Ocean. The Limpopo basin rainfall varies from 20cm to 150cm a year, and mild winters and generally warm summers. The temperatures can range from 40 to 0 degrees celcius.
River-Murray_and_Darling_PHOTO.jpgThe Murray and Darling rivers in southeastern Australia join together and form the Murray-Darling Basin. It is the most significant agricultural area in Australia but recieves very little direct rain. It flows into the Southern Ocean and has a high salt content.






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