A confluence is a geography term used to describe when two or more bodies of water meet. It usually used to refer to the point where two or more streams flow together, merging and creating a single stream. But it can also be where a tributary joins a larger river, as is the case in these ten examples below.
These pictures of river confluence really show off the amazing contrast in color as two different rivers meet. In most of these examples it’s due to a wider, slower river that can carry more silt colliding with one that runs quicker, making them carry different types of earth. But in the case of the Jialing river in China, it’s due to human pollution
1) Confluence of the Thompson and Fraser Rivers in Lytton, BC, Canada.
2) Confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA.
3) Confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers at Cairo, IL, USA.
4) Confluence of the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi Rivers in Devprayag, India.
5) Confluence of the Rio Negro and the Rio Solimoes near Manaus, Brazil.
6) Confluence of the Jialing and Yangtze Rivers in Chongqing, China.
7) Confluence of the Mosel and Rhine Rivers in Koblenz, Germany.
Photo: Peter Jansen
8) Confluence of the Drava and Danuve Rivers near Osijek, Croatia.
Photo: WWF: Amazon of Europe
9) Painting of the confluence of the Ilz, Danube, and Inn Rivers in Passau, Germany.
10) Confluence of the Rhone and Arve Rivers in Geneva, Switzerland.
11) Confluence of the Amazon River and the Rio Negro in Brazil.
12) The Gulf of Alaska, where two oceans meet, but do not mix!
Interestingly the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, was founded in 1857 at the confluence of the Gombak and Klang rivers. In English, the name literally means “muddy confluence”. Today, the confluence there isn’t very noticeable.
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