Rivers: Attributes

Attributes:

The Category provides specific information for map users and can be edited or updated at any time.

River attributes include the following:

  • Canal: A narrow passage used by boats, normally artificial.
  • River: A large natural freshwater stream flowing into a sea or another river.
  • Channel: A deep section of a body of water that is suitable for navigation.
  • Confluence: A meeting of two or more bodies of water, such as rivers, canals, channels, or lakes.
  • Distributary: A stream that branches off and flows away from a main stream, commonly found near a river delta.
  • Ford: A shallow body of water where a river or stream may be crossed by wading through or by a vehicle.
  • Rapid: A part of the river where the current is fast and turbulent.
  • Water Navigation: A service used for carrying passengers and goods over a body of water body. Note that this does not include ferry terminals or docks, which should be marked as Places.
  • Waterfall:A place where flowing water drops rapidly from an elevated area.

Best Practices

  • When in doubt, it’s best to leave the Category as a generic “River”.
  • Some River or Water-related features should be marked as a Place or Shape rather than a Linear feature:
  • Waterfall: A place where flowing water drops rapidly from an elevated area.
  • Confluence: A meeting of two or more bodies of water, such as rivers, canals, channels, or lakes.
  • Geyser: A spring that spouts water, vapor, or steam intermittently.
  • Harbor: A place where ships, boats, and barges can be sheltered or stored.
  • Hot spring: A spring from which naturally heated groundwater flows out.