Why Do Rivers Curve?

Rivers flow downhill, but why are there so many curves? The video explains how a straight river with only a tiny change begins to curve. It introduces the patterns all curving rivers follow all over the planet and other planets. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Find other examples of fractals in nature
  • Discuss the final picture and the evidence of rivers on Mars
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on some basic prior knowledge of ratios

  • Provides a list of resources for those wanting more information
  • Includes closed captioning in 10 languages

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