Where the Rivers Go
I won’t wax poetic with my own AHA realizations from the maps depicted on this page. There was a time when I would have, so count yourselves lucky.
Images byÂ Â Hungarian cartographer Robert Szucs, depicted at:
These may be the prettiest maps you’ll ever see | MNN – Mother Nature Network
I realize, after dozens of geography and cartography-related posts over the years, that not many of you find the fascination or enjoy the understanding that can come from simply pouring oneself into the details of a particular terrain.
These beautiful maps isolate river drainages by continent. They leave me with as many questions as answers. I wish I could name more than a dozen of the US rivers I see so clearly defined here, and I can name far fewer than that from the image of European rivers.
If you are a teacher, this would make enriching material for your geography, sociology or Earth science class.
QUESTION: find a color depicting a river that does NOT connect to an ocean. What becomes of that water? Are all such drainages bound for permanent lakes? Do these catchments contribute more to groundwater than those, like Goose Creek/Roanoke River, that empty surface waterÂ and spring-seeped groundwater to the nearest coast?