A distributary, or a distributary channel, is a stream that branches off and flows away from a main stream channel. A stream is a body of Water with a current, confined within a bed and stream-banks They are a common feature of river deltas. A delta is a Landform where the mouth of a River flows into an Ocean, Sea, Estuary, Lake or another river The phenomenon is known as river bifurcation. River bifurcation (from Latin furca, fork is the separation of a Stream into two parts The opposite of a distributary is a tributary. A tributary is a Stream or River which flows into a mainstem (or parent river Distributaries usually occur as a stream nears a lake or the ocean, but they can occur inland as well, such as in an endorheic basin, or when a tributary stream bifurcates as it nears its confluence with a larger stream. A lake (from Latin lacus) is a Terrain feature (or Physical feature) a body of Liquid on the surface of a world that is localized to the An ocean (from Greek, ''Okeanos'' (Oceanus) is a major body of saline water, and a principal component of the Hydrosphere. An endorheic basin (from Greek endo ‘inside’ + rhein ‘to flow’ also terminal or closed basin) is a closed Drainage basin In some cases, a minor distributary can "steal" so much water from the main channel that it can become the main route.
Common terms to name individual river distributaries in English-speaking countries are arm and channel. The following is a list of Sovereign states and territories where English is an Official language, in order of Population. They may refer to a distributary that won't rejoin the channel it has branched off (e. g. , the North, Middle, and South Arms of the Fraser River, or the West Channel of the Mackenzie River), or one that will (e. For other uses of this name see Fraser River (disambiguation. The Mackenzie River (Fleuve Mackenzie originates in Great Slave Lake, in the Northwest Territories, and flows north into the Arctic Ocean. g. Annacis Channel and Annieville Channel of the Fraser River, separated by Annacis Island). For other uses of this name see Fraser River (disambiguation. Annacis Island is an island located in Delta, British Columbia, Canada.
In Australia, the term anabranch is used to refer to a distributary that diverts from the main course of the river and rejoins it later. An anabranch is a section of a River or Stream that diverts from the main Watercourse channel (or mainstem) and rejoins the mainstem downstream In North America an anabranch is called a braided stream.
In Louisiana, the Atchafalaya River is an important distributary of the Mississippi River. The State of Louisiana ( or, État de Louisiane, pronounced) is a state located in the southern region of the United States of America The Atchafalaya River is a Distributary of the Mississippi and Red rivers approximately 170 miles (270 km long in south central Louisiana The Mississippi River is the second longest River in the United States, with a length of from its source in Lake Itasca in Minnesota to Because the Atchafalaya takes a steeper route to the Gulf of Mexico than the main channel, it has captured more and more of the Mississippi's flow over several decades, including capturing the Red River, which was formerly a tributary of the Mississippi. The Gulf of Mexico ( Spanish: Golfo de México) is the ninth largest Body of water in the world For other uses see Red River. The Red River is one of several rivers with that name. The Old River Control Structure, a dam which regulates the outflow from the Mississippi into the Atchafalaya, was completed in 1963 to prevent the Atchafalaya from capturing the main flow of the Mississippi and stranding the ports of Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The Old River Control Structure is an Artifice built by the U A dam is a barrier that divides waters. Dams generally serve the primary purpose of retaining water while other structures such as Floodgates, Levees Baton Rouge (French Bâton-Rouge ˌbætən ˈruːdʒ in English, and in French) is the capital city of Louisiana. New Orleans (nʲuːˈɔrliənz nʲuːˈɔrlənz French: La Nouvelle-Orléans) is a major United States port city and the largest city in Louisiana
An example of inland distributaries is the Teton River, a tributary of Henrys Fork in Idaho, which splits into two distributary channels, the North Fork and South Fork, which join Henrys Fork miles apart. The Teton River is a Tributary of Henrys Fork of the Snake River, approximately 60 mi (97 km long in southeastern Idaho in the United Henrys Fork may refer to Henrys Fork (Snake River in Idaho Henrys Fork (Green River in Utah and Wyoming forming one arm of the Flaming Gorge The State of Idaho ( is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States of America.
North Two Ocean Creek splits into two distributaries, Pacific Creek and Atlantic Creek, which flow into the different oceans. Two Ocean Pass is a Mountain pass on North America 's Continental Divide within Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming in the
The Casiquiare is a distributary of the upper Orinoco, which flows southward into the Rio Negro and forms a unique natural canal between the Orinoco and Amazon river systems. The Casiquiare river is a Distributary of the upper Orinoco, which flows southward into the Rio Negro. ORiNOCO is the brand name that was used for a family of wireless networking solutions by Proxim (previously Lucent) For other uses see Rio Negro (disambiguation Rio Negro ( Portuguese: Rio Negro, Spanish: Río Negro Canals are artificial channels for water There are two types of canals water conveyance canals which are used for the conveyance and delivery of water and Waterways The Amazon River (Rio Amazonas Río Amazonas of South America is the largest river in the world by volume with a total river flow greater than the next top ten largest rivers It is the largest river on the planet that links two major river systems.
Other notable distributaries are the Kollidam River, a distributary of the Kaveri River, and the Hoogli River, a distributary of the Ganges River, both in India. The Kollidam (also Kolidam and sometimes Coleroon in English is a river in southeastern India. The Kaveri River ( Kannada: ಕಾವೇರಿ ನದಿ Tamil: காவிரி ஆறு also spelled Cauvery in English The Hooghly River ( Bengali হুগলী Hugli; Anglicized alternatively spelled Hoogli or Hugli) or the Bhāgirathi-Hooghly, is The Ganges (ˈgænʤiːz also Ganga, Devanāgarī: hi गंगा in most Indian languages) is the major river in the Indian subcontinent India, officially the Republic of India (भारत गणराज्य inc-Latn Bhārat Gaṇarājya; see also other Indian languages) is a country Also, the Munneru is the distributary of the Krishna River. This article is about an Indian river For other meanings of this river names see Krishna (disambiguation and Krishnaveni.
A tributary is a Stream or River which flows into a mainstem (or parent river