Glossary of GCSE Geography - Rivers
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- What are the landforms found in the upper course of a river?
- V-shaped valleys, interlocking spurs, rapids, waterfalls and gorges of recession
- What are the landforms found in the middle course of a river?
- Meanders, Oxbow Lakes, Levées, Flood Plains
- What are the landforms found in the lower course of a river?
- Meanders, Oxbow Lakes, Levées, Flood Plains, Deltas
- How is material transported down a river?
- Traction, Saltation, Suspension, Solution
- What are the four processes of river erosion?
- Hydraulic power, Attrition, Corrasion, Corrosion
- What is a tributary?
- A smaller river which flows into a larger river.
- What is a confluence?
- Where two rivers meet.
- Where is the mouth of a river?
- Where it flows into the sea.
- What is the watershed?
- The imaginary line surrounding a drainage basin.
- What is the source of a river?
- Where it begins.
- What is a drainage basin?
- The area drained by a river and its tributaries.
- What is hydraulic power?
- The force of the water eroding the bed and banks.
- What is attrition?
- The load rubbing against each other becoming smaller and more rounded.
- What is corrasion?
- The wearing away of the river banks by the load.
- What is corrosion?
- The chemical action of water dissolving minerals.
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