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A river is a body of fresh water flowing from an upland source toward an ocean, a sea, a lake or another river. A river has two main parts - a channel in which the water flows, and a floodplain which is a flat region on either side of the channel. The longest river on Earth is the Nile River in Africa, while Amazon River in South America carries the largest volume of water.
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Water's Journey - The River Returns
Grade: 3 - 12
Join a team of scientist and explorers on a deep diving, river cruising expedition to explore the anatomy of a river system from its mouth to the ultimate source. Along the way the team makes surprising and important discoveries about the nature of rivers, and new ways to protect these important water resources.

Geography - Stages and Features of a River
Grade: 5 - 12
Geography lesson on stages and features of a river. The lesson focuses on the route a river and the landforms it creates and moulds such as valleys, spurs, waterfalls, gorges, meanders, oxbow lakes, floodplains, levees and deltas.

Rivers and Valleys in the Lower Course
Grade: 5 - 12
The lesson describes the features of the lower course of a river.

Upper Course of a River
Grade: 5 - 12
The video traces the upper course of a river from snowmelt to the rapids in the Swiss Alps.

The Journey of a River
Grade: 5 - 12
A lesson on stages and features of a river, and the landforms it creates along the way.

Physical Geography - Running Water: Erosion & Deposits
Grade: 5 - 12
The lesson explores the relationship of running water to the land. Learn how running water changes the surface of the Earth by eroding away rocks and then depositing it in another place. Also learn about meanders, streams, deltas, alluvial fans, waterfalls and flood plains.

Meandering Rivers
Grade: 5 - 12
Learn about meandering rivers - these rivers have distinctive migration patterns and deposit distinctive sediments along the way.

Planet Earth - Fresh Water
Grade: 3 - 12
Follow the descent of the planet Earth's mightiest rivers from their sources to the sea.

Amazon River
Grade: 3 - 12
Find out about the Amazon River - the largest river by water flow and second longest in the world. It runs 4000 miles from the Andes to the ocean, and carries a fifth of all the river water on the planet. Also learn about its weird and wonderful inhabitants in this brilliant wildlife video.

White water rafting on the Zambezi river
Grade: 3 - 12
Join an adventurer as he goes white water rafting at the bottom of the Victoria Falls. Will he survive unscathed? Find out!

The Colorado River
Grade: 3 - 12
Learn about the Colorado River, and see a classic example of massive erosion that has created the Grand Canyon.

Colorado River in Arizona
Grade: 3 - 12
A short video on Colorado River in Arizona.

The Nile River
Grade: 3 - 12
A journey back in time to the ancient Egypt and the Nile river.

Fertility of the Nile River
Grade: 3 - 12
A short clip on Egypt's great river, the Nile, which bestows bounty to farmers and creates a lush paradise on the Egyptian land.

Value of the River - Hydropower
Grade: 5 - 12
Take an inside tour of a river dam to learn how it harnesses the power of flowing water to generate hydroelectric power.

The Grand Canyon: How It Formed
Grade: 5 - 12
Learn how the Grand Canyon was formed. Great erosive forces of the river shaped the Grand Canyon over millions of years.

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