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Confluence of the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda Rivers to produce the Ganges at Devprayag, India.
Note the swirl of sediment from the Alaknanda.

Confluence, in geography, describes the meeting of two or more bodies of water. It usually refers to the point where a tributary joins a more major river, called the mainstem, when that major river is also the highest order stream in the drainage basin.

The term is also used to describe the meeting of tidal or other non-riverine bodies of water, such as two canals or a canal and a lake. A one-mile (1.6 km) portion of the Industrial Canalmarker in New Orleansmarker accommodates the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet Canalmarker; therefore those three waterways are confluent there.

Notable confluences

Integer latitudes and longitudes

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Confluence also describes a location where integer latitude and integer longitude lines cross. The point in extreme northeastern New Jerseymarker at is such a confluence point. The Degree Confluence Project endeavors to catalog and photograph all such points on the globe.

See also


  1. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers refers to the confluence of the Assawoman Canal with the Bethany Loop Canal in Delaware. See:
  2. Engineers in New Orleans refer to the confluence of the 17th Street Canal and Lake Pontchartrain. See:

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