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Photography: Where two rivers meet

The confluence of the rivers Czâlin (clean water) and Yangtze River (brown waters) in Chongqing, China.

In geography, a confluence is the meeting of two or more bodies of water. It refers either to the point where a tributary joins a larger river, called the main stem, or where two streams meet to become the source of a river of a new name. The confluences in the photos below create dramatic visual contrasts.

Confluence of the Mosel and Rhine River  in Koblenz, Germany. (source)

Confluence of the Rhone and Arve River in Geneva, Switzerland. (source)

The Junction (La Jonction) where the river Arve (carrying all the sand) meets the river Rhône (clear) in Geneva. (source)

The Junction (La Jonction) where the river Arve meets the river Rhône in Geneva. (source)

Confluence of the Ilz, Danube, and Inn Rivers in Passau, Germany. (source)

Confluence of the Drava and Danuve Rivers near Osijek, Croatia.

Confluence of the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi Rivers in Devprayag, India. (source)

Confluence of the Thompson and Fraser Rivers in Lytton, BC, Canada. (source)

Confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA.

Confluence of the Rio Negro and the Rio Solimoes near Manaus, Brazil. (source)

Confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers at Cairo, IL, USA. (source)


12 responses

  1. Amazing photographs. Very interesting and kind of sad when you consider what makes these colors. Omaste owfotografik.com

    August 2, 2013 at 19:27

  2. All I can say is “WOW!” Who knew?

    July 24, 2013 at 04:06

  3. I had no idea! These are most informative as well as visually stunning.

    January 11, 2013 at 06:57

  4. Nice collection of photos.

    July 12, 2012 at 00:30

  5. OMG, Wow, I never thought such colour would separate in contrast through water! Is it because one side is shallower water and more muddy than the other? If it is slightly more muddy on one side for example, how does it stay on one side? I am curious!

    May 19, 2012 at 01:42

    • Yep, the two bodies of water stay separated even though they are in the same place, because of differences in density and temperature.

      May 19, 2012 at 13:56

      • That sounds interesting. That is also something else I have learnt today. Thank you ;)

        May 19, 2012 at 20:47

  6. I had no idea there could be such a dramatic contrast where the two rivers meet. Very interesting.

    May 17, 2012 at 19:41

  7. Wow, very interesting and beautiful! Thanks for teaching me my word of the day!

    May 9, 2012 at 02:30

  8. very nice

    May 8, 2012 at 17:01

  9. Wow stunning photos!

    May 8, 2012 at 16:47

  10. interesting collection. i’ve been to the one near manaus, brazil ;)

    May 8, 2012 at 14:56

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