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A river is a natural watercourse, usually freshwater, flowing towards an ocean, a lake, a sea, or another river. In a few cases, a river simply flows into the ground or dries up completely at the end of its course, and does not reach another body of water. Small rivers may be called by several other names, including stream, creek, brook, rivulet, and rill. There are no official definitions for generic terms, such as river, as applied to geographic features, although in some countries or communities a stream may be defined by its size. (Wikipedia)

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Fluvial landforms
Lotic waters (flowing)
Surface water
Chalk streams
Tidal rivers
Catchment basins
Locks (water transport)
River islands
River Quality Objectives

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