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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Namibia's Spring Floods Seen from Space (Photo)
spring floods in the zambezi river
May 16th, 2014
A satellite image of Namibia shows spring flooding on the Zambezi River. The flood waters appear black against the bright green of the vegetation.
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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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Astronaut Photo Reveals River's History
Little Rock Arkansas River
April 21st, 2014
A snapshot from space of the Arkansas River near Little Rock, Ark., shows meander lakes left behind from the river's former path. Old riverbanks are also visible on the landscape.
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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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