American Scientist



Rivers are both the means and the routes by which the products of continental weathering are carried to the oceans of the world. Except in the most arid areas more water falls as precipitation than is lost by evaporation and transpiration from the land surface to the atmosphere. Thus there is an excess of water, which must flow to the ocean. Rivers, then, are the routes by which this excess water flows to the ultimate base level. The excess of precipitation over evaporation and transpiration provides the flow of rivers and springs, recharges ground-water storage, and is the supply from which man draws water for his needs.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Rivers
Series title American Scientist
Volume 50
Issue 4
Year Published 1962
Language English
Publisher Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
Description 27 p.
First page 511
Last page 537
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