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 Rhone and Arve River in Geneva, Switzerland. (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 Green and Colorado Rivers in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA.

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





13 thoughts on “Where two rivers meet

    1. Sad? You are grossly misinformed if you think human waste is the cause of the difference in colors. Half of those photos are from some of the least polluted places on the planet. It’s just loose soil.

  1. 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!

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

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