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Rivers

Rivers are very important to Earth because they are major forces that shape the landscape. Also, they provide transportation and water for drinking, washing and farming. Rivers can flow on land or underground in deserts and seas.

Rivers are part of the water cycle because water is carried downstream by rivers into oceans. They may come from springs, melting ice, lakes, or underground. They often start on a mountain.


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