Do you have a specific idea in mind about what constitutes the size of rivers, streams, and creeks? How about brooks or rills? I’ve always thought of rivers as big, streams as much smaller, and creeks with only a narrow flow of water.  But this is totally subjective on my part. Apparently there is no universal definition for the size of rivers and their smaller counterparts. What is your view of it or from your part of the world? How we view the geography around us is often a matter of regional interpretation.

This 5-minute slide-show video features 10 beautiful rivers. Here is an informative 6-minute video on the top 10 longest rivers in the world.

FunFacts about Rivers: (Source)   

  • Basic Information, quote: 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 dry at the end of its course without reaching another body of water. Small rivers can be referred to using names such as stream, creek, brook, rivulet, and rill. There are no official definitions for the generic term river as applied to geographic features, although in some countries or communities a stream is defined by its size. (Source)
  • A river is often described as being larger than a creek, but not always.
  • Potamology is the scientific name for the study of rivers.
  • Most of the major cities in the world are near rivers. The reasons are plentiful: access to water for drinking and bathing, proximity to a food source, ease of defense, speed of transporting goods, livestock and people, and in more recent times, the potential to create hydroelectric power.
  • Terminology: A river begins at a source or sources, then runs its course and finally ends at a mouth or several mouths.
  • Rivers can create canyons and gorges.
  • The relative terms of ‘left bank’ and ‘right bank’ are assigned in relation to the flow of a river.
  • Subterranean rivers flow through caves or caverns underground.

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36 thoughts on “Rivers

  1. I always thought rivers had to be a certain (large) size to be classified as such. It’s always nice to learn something new!

  2. My granddaddy always called a creek a crick. Lol I assume his family called it that. Here streams are considered being able to jump over, creeks bigger, then rivers something you have to cross over a bridge with. Love the photos Caris, thanks for the post.

    • As a different side note Caris, there’s a great video on YouTube called Mountain Talk that has people calling it a crick. A lot of the speech is the same here in N. E. Tenn. It’s subtitled in case you can’t understand it.

  3. Beautiful pictures. I too am familiar with “cricks” as I grew up in north east GA. Plenty of “cricks and hollers” up there.

  4. I lived near the James River when I lived in Virginia, and we lived on Chisman’s Creek. We enjoyed boating and fishing there. Now, I live near the beach in Fort Myers, Florida.

  5. I live near the top of the Chesapeake Bay where the Susquehanna River becomes the bay. It begins at Otsego Lake in NY (Cooperstown area). I stayed across from the lake when we went to the Baseball Hall of Fame years ago. I’ve seen the top and the bottom of the river, so to speak.

    I also live near some smaller rivers, runs, creeks, etc…Bynum Run is just down the hill from me. I’m not in danger of it flooding me. It’s a big hill.

    denise from maryland

  6. I loved my little creek where I used to live. I had ducks and geese swimming by, enjoyed watching them. Never did see a water moccasin my neighbor said was there.

  7. I think of rivers as both wider and deeper than creeks. Creeks often are off shoots of rivers. Where I live I’m about 2 miles north of the river in my town and there is a creek between me and it. I’m also at a higher elevation than both. We have a natural stream that flows through our property around the ravines that is formed and only has water when we’ve gotten plenty of rain. That water forms our pond. It then flows back out of the pond, into the ravines and winds its way down the creek which then makes it way down to the river. When I was in middle school I did my science fair project on waterways and walked the whole thing from where the water first appeared, through all the ravines, to the creek which I followed all the way to the river. Also interesting, we have a French trading post right down on the river and there was a documented native american tribe that lived in this area. We have found arrowheads on our property and it’s amazing to think that its possible that a tribe lived in the same place I do now.

  8. Yes, we live close to 3 rivers (my son is starting a business named 3 Rivers …) and I liked the picture of the river with rocks in the middle that has a purplish backdrop. All rivers usually make me feel calm and relaxed.

  9. Beautiful images! I grew up on the St Croix/Mississippi river junction. Then moved to the southern part of the Mississippi so the size thing always was rather subjective. Now, the Amazon is my goal.

    Casa Grande, AZ

  10. Love today’s pictures! I grew up partly in Minnesota so I’m very familiar with the Mississippi River. I’ve walked across it very near its source, waded in it, paddled a canoe down a portion of it, driven across it and admired it. Having, however, spent most of my life in Southern California, the word “river, usually means a wide expanse of dry, sandy, rock-filled ground that you need to avoid if it’s been raining up in the mountains. So different from the gorgeous pictures you’ve given us today. I envy those who have flowing water in their lives.

  11. I live near the Rio Grande River in Albuquerque, NM . The Rio Grande can be a wide river but most of the time, here in NM, the Rio Grande is a very small river but it can be a wide raging river if the time is right.

  12. Great videos. I live right on the Ohio River. I would love to take a river cruise rather than an ocean cruise.

  13. I too know about cricks and hollers. Also my aunt who was 84 when she dies in 1971 use to talk about branches which is a small stream.

  14. We have a river nearby that is usually one foot deep. Although very wide. During heavy heavy rains flooding it can rise 15 feet above flood stage. Rivers are beautiful but also unpredictable

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