Earth's changing surface

Term Definition
Runoff water that runs over the Earth's surface rather than soaking into the ground
Delta a landform that forms along the mouth of a river when the river slows down and sediment is deposited.
Alluvial Fan Occurs when a river leaves a mountain range
River A large stream
Tributary A smaller river or stream that runs into a larger river
Drainage basin the source where rivers and tributaries get their water
Divide The high ground that divides one drainage basin from another

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