Rivers

Rivers

Rivers are usually fresh bodies of water that flow towards the oceans. The Nile River in Africa is the longest river in the world and was once known as the "lifeblood" of ancient Egypt.

About Rivers

A river is a natural watercourse, usually freshwater, flowing towards an ocean, a lake, a sea, or another river. In a few cases, a river simply flows into the ground or dries up completely before reaching another body of water. Small rivers may also be called by several other names, including stream, creek, brook, rivulet, run, tributary and rill. There are no official definitions for generic terms, such as river, as applied to geographic features, although in some countries or communities a stream may be defined by its size. Many names for small rivers are specific to geographic location; one example is 'burn' in Scotland and northeast England. Sometimes a river is said to be larger than a creek, but this is not always the case, because of vagueness in the language.

Contributions by Pigsonthewing, Pollinator, and Daniel Collins.