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River Trivia Quiz Questions with Answers

Trivia quiz questions with answers about rivers

What is a river?
A: A river is a natural flowing watercourse, usually freshwater, flowing towards an ocean, sea, lake or another river.

In some cases, a river flows into the ground and becomes what?
A: Dry at the end of its course without reaching another body of water.

Small rivers can be referred to using names such as what?
A: Creek, brook, rivulet, and rill.

There are no official definitions for the generic term river as applied to what?
A: Geographic features, although in some countries or communities a stream is defined by its size.

Sometimes a river is defined as being larger than a what?
A: A creek, but not always: the language is vague.


Rivers are part of what cycle?
A: The water cycle.

Water generally collects in a river from precipitation through a drainage basin from surface runoff and other sources such as what?
A: Groundwater recharge, springs, and the release of stored water in natural ice and snowpacks.

Rivers are often considered major features within a landscape; however, they actually only cover about how much of the land on Earth.?
A: 0.1%

They are made more obvious and significant to humans since many human cities and civilizations are built around what?
A: The freshwater supplied by rivers and streams.

Most of the major cities of the world are situated on the banks of rivers, as they are, or were, used as what?
A; A source of water, for obtaining food, for transport, as borders, as a defensive measure, as a source of hydropower to drive machinery, for bathing, and as a means of disposing of waste.


In the pre-industrial era, larger rivers were a major obstruction to what?
A: To the movement of people, goods, and armies across them.

Towns often developed where?
A: At the few locations they could be crossed.

Many major cities such as London are located at what?
A; The lowest point at which a river could be bridged.

Potamology is the scientific study of what?
A: Rivers.

Limnology is the study of what?
A: Inland waters in general.


The water in a river is usually confined to what?
A: A channel, made up of a stream bed between banks.

In larger rivers there is often also a wider floodplain shaped by what?
A: Flood-waters over-topping the channel.

Floodplains may be very wide in relation to the size of what?
A: The river channel.

This distinction between river channel and floodplain can be blurred, especially in urban areas where the floodplain of a river channel can become what?
A: Greatly developed by housing and industry.

The term upriver (or upstream) refers to the direction towards what?
A: The source of the river, i.e. against the direction of flow.

Likewise, the term downriver (or downstream) describes the direction towards what?

A: The mouth of the river, in which the current flows.

The term left bank refers to the left bank in what direction?
A: The direction of flow, right bank to the right in the direction of flow.

Rivers can flow down mountains, through valleys or along plains, and can create what?
A: Canyons or gorges.

The river channel typically contains a single stream, but some rivers flow as several interconnecting streams, producing what?
A: A braided river.

Braided rivers occur on peneplains and some of the larger what?
A: River deltas.



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