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Rivers and landforms

Rivers and landforms

Rivers play an important role in shaping the Earth's surface: they cause erosion as well as carrying and depositing sediment.

Geography

Keywords

river, terrain shaping, Watercourses, river bed, river mouth, upper course, middle course, lower course, river delta, estuary, erosion, alluvion, backwater, bend, bar, island, valley, topography, water, hydrography, water cycle, nature, nature study, physical geography, geomorphology, geography

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