Rivers and Streams

Cross Section of River Zones

Study the below diagram carefully. Given what you have already learned, what information can you extract? 

  • Why is there a sharp bluff adjacent to the river? How was it created?
  • Is it a good or bad idea to develop land in the "gravel bar" area? Why or why not?
  • If you dump waste into this area, what are the two ways the water supply could be polluted? 
  • Why don't trees grow at the river's bank? 
Cross Section of River Zones
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