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Describe the benefits to humans of rivers

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´╗┐Rivers The course of the river The river is a large stream of water. The river rises generally from a mountain or lake in a tableland. At first several very narrow streams of water join together and form one larger stream. This stream gradually widens in its course. On its way, it is joined by other smaller rivers. They are called its tributaries. At last the river falls into a sea, lake or another river. The mouth of the river becomes very wide. A river generally receives its water by the melting of snow on mountains. Sometimes it is fed by rain. Usefulness The river is of great use to us. ...read more.


We can bathe in a river. We can also wash our articles of daily use in it. Bathing in the river improves our health. It is very refreshing. It helps trade and commerce Rivers help our trade and commerce. Big ports grow on their banks. Formerly there were no railways. Roads also were very few. Almost all inland trade was carried on by means of boats. Merchants carried their goods in boats from one place to another. Even now our country boats and steamers carry jute, food grains, cotton and many other things from one place to another. Rivers help us in another way. Some rivers have strong currents when they flow down from a high place. ...read more.


Many people are thereby rendered homeless and helpless. Sometimes a vast area is flooded. Many men and cattle die and crops are destroyed. This causes a great loss to the country. Conclusion It is true that rivers sometimes do us great harm. Still a river is a blessing to us. It helps us in many ways. So it is the duty of the Government to see that the rivers are not dried up. Our Government is now trying to control some rivers. We have read of many river valley projects which have been set up by our Government. Dams have been made there to store the water of these rivers. It prevents flood and helps agriculture and the generation of electricity. Sometimes these dams also cause flood when water is released from them in a huge quantity. ...read more.

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