Sprightly Aussie actress Leah Vandenberg summons young listeners on this tour of the world's rivers, examining their cultural, historical, and environmental importance along the way. Essential to human life, rivers provide their nearby inhabitants with a source of food, water, hygiene, and transportation. They also figure highly in peoples' imaginations, having impacted cultural phenomena ranging from American blues music, as in the case of the Mississippi, to religion, as with India's river Ganges. Likewise, rivers capture our passion for breathtaking natural beauty - whether one visits the Grand Canyon or Victoria Falls, a river runs through it. Upbeat, fluid, and evenly-paced, Vandenberg doesn't neglect the effects of human activity on rivers' environmental wellbeing, as she shares with young listeners a message of awe, curiosity, and responsibility.
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Can you guess which is the world’s longest river? According to most scientists, it is the Nile, which passes through several African countries, and is 6,695 kilometers long. Some scientists have recently argued that the Amazon in South America is in fact longer. It all depends on where you start your measurements!
A river is a naturally-formed body of moving water that flows overland. Rivers always flow downhill. They usually begin in mountains or hills and end where they meet the ocean, a lake, a desert basin or another river. There are thousands of rivers throughout the world, but not all are “great”. So, what makes a river great?
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