Rivers and Streams

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Britannica Educational Publishing, Oct 1, 2010 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 288 pages
Winding their way through the planet s landscapes and supplying some of its most prosperous cities with fresh water, food, and transportation conduits, rivers and streams have critical ecological and economic significance. As they carve out waterfalls, valleys, canyons, deltas, and a host of other landforms, they also support a diversity of organisms and connect disparate regions. Accompanied by extraordinary color photographs, this volume examines the characteristics of these captivating channels as well as their greatest threats and profiles some of the world s prominent rivers.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 RIVERS
1
CHAPTER 2 DRAINAGE PATTERNS AND GEOMETRY
34
CHAPTER 3 STREAMFLOW AND SEDIMENT YIELD
66
VALLEYS CANYONS FLOODPLAINS AND RIVER TERRACES
89
ALLUVIAL FANS DELTAS AND ESTUARIES
111
CHAPTER 6 MAJOR RIVERS OF AFRICA
139
CHAPTER 7 MAJOR RIVERS OF THE AMERICAS
172
CHAPTER 8 MAJOR RIVERS OF ASIA AND AUSTRALIA
201
AVERAGE NET PRIMARY PRODUCTION OF THE EARTHS MAJOR HABITATS
262
WORLDS LONGEST RIVERS AND RIVER SYSTEMS
263
SELECTED WATERFALLS OF THE WORLD
264
GLOSSARY
268
BIBLIOGRAPHY
270
INDEX
278
BACK COVER
283
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CHAPTER 9 MAJOR RIVERS OF EUROPE
242

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