rivers


Physical Geography

Laguna Grande is a 50-hectare salt-water lagoon located in the municipio of Fajardo, in the eastern-most tip of Puerto Rico. Photo: USGS.Laguna Grande is a 50-hectare salt-water lagoon located in the municipio of Fajardo, in the eastern-most tip of Puerto Rico. Photo: USGS.

Limnology

Limnology is the study of bodies of water located inland such as lakes, rivers, wetlands, streams, watersheds, and reservoirs. Limnologists study how the weather, climate, and physical geography interact to create and affect drainage basins. This field of study covers fresh and saltwater bodies. Limnology goes hand in hand with […]

Physical Geography

Zayre River or Congo River

The Zayre River (also known as Congo River) is the largest river in Central Africa. Has a length of 2,920 miles, making it the second longest river in Africa (after the Nile). Its waters keep fertile than a tenth of the African surface.  Its tributaries drain into Central African Republic, Zambia, Cameroon, Angola, Democratic Republic […]

Physical Geography

Paraná River

The Paraná River runs 3,030 miles through Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.   It originates at the junction of the Paranaiba and the Rio Grande rivers.  The Paraná travels southward and merges with the Iguazú River before reaching the Atlantic Ocean. The geological characteristics of the environment of the Rio de la Plata are those of […]

Physical Geography

Huang He River or Yellow River

The Huan He, Huang Ho River, or Yellow River is the second largest river in China.  It is named so due to its color characteristic of the silts carried downstream. It stretches for 3,395 miles cutting across nine provinces on its traverse through China to its destination in the Bohai […]

Physical Geography

Ob River and the Irtysh River

The Ob River is the sixth longest in the world and largest in Russia.  It is located in the western region of Siberia.  It originates in the Asian Altai Mountains and flows for 2,258 miles into the Artic Ocean (Maps of the World). Most of the Ob basin is in […]

Physical Geography

Yangtze River

The Yangtze River is the fourth largest in the world.  It has a length of 3,988 miles initiating its long course from the glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau in China before reaching Shanghai and emptying into the East China Sea. Sediment studies suggest that the Yangtze River is 1 to […]

Physical Geography

Mississippi River

The Mississippi River is the largest in North America and for years the backbone of American economy.  Bodies of water from 31 contiguous states drain into the Mississippi.  Its birth is in Minnesota and ends in the Gulf of Mexico (Friends of the Miss.) The Mississippi originates in the area […]

Physical Geography

Amazon River

The Amazon is the second largest river in the world.  It is in South America and from its origin in the Andes Mountains to its Delta traverses Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, and Ecuador before reaching its destination in Brazil. The Amazon River’s freshwater volume is one of the largest in the […]