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Year 8 Rivers
Key terms and definitions to support the river landscapes unit.
Terms in this set (26)
Rocks hitting into and scraping against the river bank, wearing it away.
Rocks hitting into each other, becoming smaller and rounded
The breakdown of rocks caused by living plants and creatures (e.g. where roots force themselves into the rock).
The breakdown of rocks by chemicals in the rock reacting with air and water
The change of state from a gas to a liquid
The point where two rivers meet
the area from which a stream or river and its tributaries drains all of the water
The change of state from a liquid to a gas
the movement of groundwater beneath the earth's surface
the force of water hitting the bank and squeezing air into cracks in rocks, causing mini explosions.
The movement of water into the ground from the surface
Where leaves on trees / plants stop rain reaching the ground
The point at which a river meets the sea
The breakdown of rock caused by the effects of changing temperature in rocks and the effects of wind and rain
Any moisture falling from the sky, including rain, snow, sleet and hail
The path through with the river flows (consisting of bed and banks)
Starting point of a river
Medium sized rocks 'bounced' along bed of river with changes in speed of flow
Where minerals in rocks are dissolved by water.
movement of water over the surface of the land
small material actually carried in the flow of the water
The horizontal movement of water
Large material rolled along the bed or a river
The evaporation of water from the leaves of trees and plants
A small river or stream which joins a larger river
The invisible land (marked by high land) marking the edge of a drainage basin.
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