The mouth of a river is another name for its terminus, where it meets an ocean, sea or lake. Because rivers generally carry abundant sediment and deposit it at the mouth, they often form deltas, or broad, shallow areas. The opposite end of the river is called the headwaters or the source; however, the headwaters are often formed by several discreet sources that all occur in the same general area.Continue Reading
The source of a river is usually at a much higher elevation than the mouth. Because they follow the contours of the ground, rivers rarely follow a straight path -- they always follow gravity to the lowest spot. When this occurs, a river is said to “meander.” When the land’s slope is steep, the rivers are usually fast, and the substrate is composed of rocks and gravel. Conversely, when the land is not very steep, rivers tend to become broad and have muddy or sandy bottoms.
When a river’s mouth empties into an ocean or sea, the fresh water from the river mixes with the salty water from the ocean, producing brackish, or semi-salty water. These areas are called estuaries, and they are often important rearing grounds for marine life.Learn more about Bodies of Water
Turtle Island, located near the mouth of the Maumee River on Lake Erie’s west side, is a 1.5-acre island in the middle of the Michigan-Ohio border. Named for Chief Little Turtle, the island's lengthy history involves the Miami Indians, wars, property disputes, a lighthouse and several transfers of ownership.Full Answer >
The Dead Sea takes its name from the high salt content that makes it impossible for animal life to flourish in its waters. At 33.7 percent salinity, the Dead Sea is roughly 8.6 times saltier than the ocean, earning it the nickname "The Salt Sea."Full Answer >
As of 2014, there is no available or accurate information that indicates the name, geographical location or size of what could be the smallest lake in the world. However, studies have accurately determined that the largest lake in the world is the Caspian Sea.Full Answer >
The Jordan River flows into the Dead Sea. It flows south from the mountainous area where Israel, Lebanon and Syria meet and also passes through the Sea of Galilee.Full Answer >