Understanding the world's largest rivers

Published on Jan 2, 2013

Big rivers dominate the world's continental surface, yet we are still learning about how they operate and whether they are explicably different, not only from one another but also from smaller rivers.
Professor Phil Ashworth from the University of Brighton, is investigating how the biggest rivers in the world operate, and how they sculpt the earth's surface. This research, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, is key if we are going to tackle major environmental, social and economic issues such as flooding and infrastructure collapse.

National Geographic Encyclopedia Entry: river and vocabulary

"A is a large, natural of flowing water. Rivers are found on every continent and on nearly every kind of land. Some flow all year round. Others flow seasonally or during wet years. A river may be only kilometers long, or it may span much of a continent. ..."

Human Planet - Rivers: Friend and Foe

Season 1, Episode 7
First aired on Thursday 24 February 2011. Topics include: