Generally, rivers follow a downhill course due to the gravitational pull of the Earth. The majority of the planet's rivers arise in the mountains and are bound in a downstream, southerly direction. More »

Africa's Nile River flows northward, emptying into the Mediterranean Sea. The Nile's two main tributaries are the Blue and White Nile Rivers, which originate in Ethiopia and Eretria's highlands and the Equatorial Lakes R... More »

The Nile River flows north because north is downhill for the topography of the region where the Nile is located. Contrary to popular belief, there is no pull within the earth that causes rivers to flow south. Also contra... More »

According to, mature rivers are bodies of water that flow over wider valleys and snake along flat plains. The meandering streams then create larger loops that develop into oxbow lakes. More »

Tributaries are streams or rivers that flow into a larger main river. This much larger river also is referred to as a main stem. A tributary also is called an affluent. More »

There are over 30 rivers in the United States that flow north, and over 60 throughout the entire world. The Nile, which is the longest river on Earth, is arguably the most famous river that flows in a northerly direction... More »

The largest rivers in Arkansas are the Mississippi River, the Arkansas, the White, Red and Ouachita Rivers. Rivers and other flowing bodies of water are measured by mean annual flow of water in cubic feet per second (CFS... More » Geography Bodies of Water