What is a River Basin?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 9th, 2023

A River Basin is an area formed by the drainage of a river and its tributaries. A river basin is made up of various lands that drain water into a specific body of water. A watershed is a scaled-down version of a river basin. River basins begin at high elevated areas, such as hilltops or mountains, and flow downhill.

River Basin Definition and Examples

The river basin’s water drains into a large water body, for instance, a large lake or an ocean. For example, the Mississippi River basin in the U.S. comprises six major watersheds: Tennessee, Lower Mississippi, Missouri, Upper Mississippi, Ohio, and Arkansas-Red-White Rivers.

  • Every river and its branches have its watershed that drains to a bigger marshland or stream.
  • The river has various parts, including lakes, ponds, streams, and wetlands.
  • There is a vast difference between a river basin and a watershed.
  • A great feature of a river basin is its water can go inside the soil and form what are known as Aquifers.
  • These areas between rocks contain fresh water and a pure source of drinking water.

Difference Between River Basin and Watershed

Given below is a brief difference between a river basin and a watershed.

  • River Basin: Water drains into a large river. Therefore, it consists of a huge number of watersheds.
  • Watershed: It is a smaller land area that drains into a smaller stream, lake, or wetland.

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