Rivers course across the land all over the globe, moving water from underground springs or mountain snow melt into lakes and the Earth's oceans. Rivers help erode the land and carry nutrients out to the oceans. When spring rains are abundant or a large amount of snow melts, rivers can swell and flood their banks. Rivers provide drinking water, hydroelectric power and a transportation route. For the latest news involving issues with rivers, read below.
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America's Most Endangered River Is …
San Joaquin river diversions
April 9th, 2014
California's San Joaquin River is the most endangered river in the country, according to nonprofit American Rivers. The river faces important management decisions this year that could determine its future in the face of heavy demands and drought.
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Game of Rivers: How Waterways Behead Mountains
Liwu River
March 6th, 2014
A model for how river networks take shape, such as in the Appalachians, could help improve understanding of how landscapes change through time.
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No Dream is Too Big for China's Mother River (Op-Ed)
December 5th, 2013
The management of the Yangtze river offers lessons for preserving life on rivers across the world.
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Soon, the World Will Look to Brazil for Water and Resources (Op-Ed)
spotted tree frog, Amazon, Brazil, water conservation
January 24th, 2014
As Brazil manages its rivers, they are having a global impact.
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River Roulette: Randomness Controls Erosion
Taroko Gorge
January 23rd, 2014
Once thought steady and predictable — and handy for gauging past climate change — rivers are a little wilder than scientists once thought.
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Dirty Water: Can US Clean Up Its Act?
Newtown Creek, which opens into New York City's East River, accumulated toxic waste during its time as an industrial hub. An underground oil spill nearby seeps into the water, and when heavy rains flood New York City's sewer system, raw sewage pours into
April 11th, 2013
Watch where you swim — more than half of U.S. waterways are now polluted.
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