Words to know: We call this fresh water. But, there may be too much water for the rivers to take, which means they overflow and flood the land around them. The mouth of a river also used to be a very good place to build a town.
Look at the gallery below and see if you can spot all the following: The bottom of the wheel would be put into the water, and when the water turned the wheel, the wheel would make the equipment in the mill turn and grind up the grain. When the river is too steep and flows to fast, they might put in locks to make it safer for the boats to travel. Within the river itself, the fastest current is found on the outside of a bend and the slowest current on the inside of the bend, this can be observed on diagram A.
The longest river in the world is the Nile in Africa. What is a river? When rivers reach the sea, they often spread out over a wide area and slow right down.
Meanders Floodplains by rgamesby. The smaller rivers and streams are called tributaries. Rivers can be difficult and dangerous to cross.
This makes land that floods good for farming on. Many towns in Wales are named after the rivers that they are on, just as they are in England.
When rivers are flowing fast, they knock bits of earth from the banks and bed of the river its sides and bottom and carry it downstream with them. This process can lead to formation of one of Geography's classic landforms, Ox bow lakes. In the diagrams below, erosion of the outside of the meander means that the neck of land becomes narrower and narrower over time.
Rivers flood on a regular basis.