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6.1 Watersheds and Rivers

In this section you will find materials that support the implementation of 6.1: Watersheds and Rivers. Use the navigation below to find the materials.

Section Materials


Visions of Earth, by AGI
A four-DVD set on interactions in Earth systems.

Dams and Diversions, by NASA
This site allows users to read and view pictures as part of a discussion of the positive and negative impacts of dam building on the streams, rivers, and watersheds in the United States and in Egypt. Conservation measures intended to increase the availability of water for fish and wildlife are outlined, and a link to the Dam and Reservoir Impact and Information Archive is provided. This archive is an extensive collection of information and narratives about the impacts of dams on fish and wildlife, on indigenous peoples, and on the Earth itself.

Watersheds, by EPA
This EPA site explores Watersheds in the United States and answers questions.

Rivers and Streams Information Site, by USGS
This USGS site gives basic information on rivers and streams. It also has links at the bottom of the page to more detailed information on rivers and their features.

Rivers and Sediment, by USGS
A brief discussion of sediment transport

Stream Gaging and Flood Forecasting, by USGS and NOAA
Fact Sheet 209-05 Site examines the partnership between the National Weather Service and the USGS to provide accurate flood prediction. Reviews how stream gaging and weather forecasts can be used to predict floods and reduce flooding related damages

Lower Colorado Region - Colorado River FAQs, by Bureau of Reclamation
Hoover Dam National Historic Landmark FAQs

Streams and Drainage Systems, by Tulane University
Read an overview of many of the topics covered in this chapter, including particle size changes downstream.

Real Time Water Data, by USGS
The U.S. Geological Survey maintains a web site with real time water data. This site contains stream flow data, as well as information on precipitation, ground water, water quality, and much more.

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Visions of Earth, by AGI
82 High-definition animations showing a variety of Earth and space system processes.

Destruction of a Bridge, by Lock Port Schools
The destruction of a bridge near Dansville, NY is barely perceptible initially but then builds to a must see conclusion. The power of water is again highlighted in this 3 minute plus video clip.

River Deposition, by TERC
This animation shows a side view of an area where a river flows into a lake. As flowing water enters the lake, its velocity decreases. The water's ability to carry sediments also decreases. Sediments carried by the stream are deposited where the slowing water can no longer move them. The largest sediments are deposited near the shore. Increasingly smaller sediments settle out farther from the shore where the water is calmer.

Sediment Video Movies, by Paul Heller, University of Wyoming
View short movies on river sediment transportation.

Mississiippi River Flooding in Wisconsin, 2001, by USGS
Several short videos of the Mississippi River flood in Wisconsin in April, 2001. No narration.

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