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watersheds

land area that SUPPLIES WATER to a river system

tributaries

smaller streams and rivers that feed into a main river

sediments

the PARTICLES of rock and soil that are moved by water or wind, resulting in erosion and deposition

erosion

process by which fragments of soil and rock are BROKEN OFF from the ground surface and CARRIED AWAY

deposition

process by which soil and fragments of rock are DEPOSITED in a new location

flood plain

the BROAD, FLAT VALLEY through which a river flows

oxbow lake

the crescent-shaped, cutoff body of water that remains after a river carves a new channel

meander

a LOOPING CURVE formed in a river as it winds through its flood plain

mouth

the point where a river FLOWS INTO another body of water

delta

the area of sediment deposits that build up near a river's mouth

headwaters

the many small streams that come together at the source of the river (contains rapids and waterfalls)

levee

a long ridge formed by deposits of sediments alongside a river channel

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