Describe the benefits to humans of rivers

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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.


The river is of great use to us. It helps us in many ways. It flows through many places. It makes them fertile. Prosperous cities are all situated on the banks of rivers. Ancient civilizations flourished in some river valleys.

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It helps agriculture

The river is of great help to farmers. In some countries, there are many rivers. Crops grow there in plenty. So famine is very rare there. Irrigation is possible easily where there is a river. Irrigation helps agriculture.

It makes the country healthy

The places by the side of a river are generally healthy. A country suffers from malaria and other diseases if there is no river in it.

If gives water

The river supplies us with drinking water. The water-works of the municipalities generally get their supply of water from rivers. We can bathe in a ...

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