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www.answers.com/Q/What_makes_rivers_flow

Gravity makes the water in a river flow. The location from which the water flows is slightly higher in elevation than the locations to which it is flowing, i.e. the water is flowing downhill.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River

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 ...

www.americanrivers.org/rivers/discover-your-river/river...

The second component of natural flow is how water moves through a river’s channel. In a natural, wild river, the water runs freely. But in more developed or degraded rivers, dams and other structures can slow or stop a river’s flow. When a river’s flow is blocked, migratory fish like salmon can suffer, unable to move up or downstream.

chamisa.freeshell.org/flow.htm

How a River Flows Rivers always flow downhill, of course! A stream, or a river, is formed whenever water moves downhill from one place to another. This means that most rivers begin high up in the mountains, where snow from the winter, or ancient glaciers, is melting.

www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=1009.0

So, which way direction do (most) rivers flow in -north-to-south or south-to-north? And does it differ if you are north or south of the equator? What are the major forces that determine the direction of water flow? Incidentally, I would like to point out that since these questions have been asked to settle a very heated dispute, only answers ...

www.worldatlas.com/aatlas/infopage/riversno.htm

Rivers That Flow North THE FACTS: Unless the land it totally flat, rivers of water run downhill. A large percentage of the planet's river flow in a southerly direction because the source (usually in the mountains) is to the north of the mouth.If the source of a river is at a higher elevation than the mouth, that river will run from the source to the mouth.

www.physicsforums.com/threads/why-do-rivers-flow.437005

Because the Earth bulges near the equator, the source of the Mississippi River ( at about 50 N latitude),although high above sea level, is about 5 km closer to the center of the Earth than its mouth ( at about 30 N latitude). How can the river flow "uphill" as it flows south ...

simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/River

A river is a stream of water that flows through a channel in the surface of the ground. The passage where the river flows is called the river bed and the earth on each side is called a river bank. A river begins on high ground or in hills or mountains and flows down from the high ground to the lower ground, because of gravity.A river begins as a small stream, and gets bigger the farther it flows.

www.reference.com/geography/rivers-flow-1bd6411bd8713c47

A river that flows over a slope and crisscrosses across land is called a "meandering river," while a river that contains minor channels, which continually split and merge, is called a "braided river." A river empties into its mouth, typically an ocean or a lake.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_Makes_the_Rivers_to_Flow

God Makes the Rivers to Flow is an anthology of spiritual texts for use in meditation, assembled by Eknath Easwaran. Condensed versions have been published under the titles Timeless Wisdom (book) and Sacred Literature of the World (audio recording).