Resources About Bodies of Water For Kids

Facts About The Delaware River For Kids

The Delaware River is a major river on the Atlantic coast of the United States. Rising in two branches in New Yorkstate’s Catskill Mountains, the riverflows 419 miles (674 km) into DelawareBay where its waters enter the Atlantic Ocean near Cape May in New Jersey and Cape Henlopen in Delaware. The Delaware River is one of nineteen “Great Waters” recognized by the America’s Great Waters Coalition. Through its course, the Delaware River forms the boundaries […]

Panama Canal Facts and History For Kids

A canal is a waterway that was constructed by humans for the purpose of transportation water, people, ships and/or goods. These were used by ancient Romans in Italy who wished to carry water down to towns, cities and villages from mountaintops where the water was purified and drinkable. A canal that carries ships or people is […]

Facts about The Bering Strait for Kids

The Bering Strait is a strait 51 mi; 44 nmi wide between Cape Dezhnev, Chukchi Peninsula, Russia, the easternmost point of the Asian continent and Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska, USA, the westernmost point of the North American continent. Named after Vitus Bering, a Danish explorer living in Russia, it lies slightly south of the polar circle at […]

Facts About The South China Sea For Kids

The South China Sea is a marginal sea that is part of the Pacific Ocean, encompassing an area from the Singapore and Malacca Straits to the Strait of Taiwan of around1,400,000 sq mi). The area’s importance largely results from one-third of the world’s shipping transiting through its waters, and that it is believed to hold […]

Facts about The Rio Grande For Kids

The Rio Grande is a river that flows from southwestern Colorado in the United States to the Gulf of Mexico. According to the International Boundary and Water Commission, its total length was 1,896 miles in the late 1980s, though course shifts occasionally result in length changes. The river serves as a natural border between the U.S. state of Texas and the Mexican states of […]

Suez Canal History and Facts for Kids

A canal is a waterway that was constructed by humans for the purpose of transportation water, people, ships and/or goods. A canal that carries water is not as commonly referred to as a canal, but rather as an aqueduct. These can be at ground level, or the water can travel in a trough brought up […]

Facts About The Arctic Ocean For Kids

The Arctic Ocean, located in the Northern Hemisphere and mostly in the Arctic north polar region, is the smallest and shallowest of the world’s five major oceanic divisions. The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) recognizes it as an ocean, although some oceanographers call it the Arctic Mediterranean Seaor simply the Arctic Sea, classifying it a mediterranean sea or an estuary of […]

Facts About The Hudson River For Kids

The Hudson River is a 315-mile watercourse that flows from north to south through eastern New York State in the United States.The river begins at the confluence of Calamity Brook and Indian Pass Brook near Henderson Lake in Newcomb, New York. The river flows southward past the state capital at Albany and then eventually forms the boundary between New York City and the U.S. state of New Jersey at its mouth before emptying into Upper New […]

The Amazon River Facts for Kids

Facts and information about the Amazon River are taught in many schools around the world due to its massive size and appeal. The Amazon River is the largest river in the world and has a water flow greater than the next 10 largest rivers in the world combined. Its appeal ranks up there with the […]

Facts about the English Channel for Kids

The English Channel, often referred to simply as the Channel, is an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that separates southern England from northern France, and joins the North Sea to the Atlantic. The International Hydrographic Organization defines the limits of the English Channel. The IHO defines the southwestern limit of the North Sea as “a line joining the Walde Lighthouse and Leathercoat Point”. The Strait of Dover, […]

Facts about The Bay of Bengal for Kids

The Bay of Bengal, the largest bay in the world, forms the northeastern part of the Indian Ocean. Roughly triangular in shape, it is bordered mostly by India and Sri Lanka to the west, Bangladesh to the north, and Burma (Myanmar) and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to the east. A number of large rivers – the Ganges and its distributaries such […]

Facts About the Niger River For Kids

The Niger River is the principal river of western Africa, extending about 2,600 mi. It runs in a crescent through Mali, Niger, on the border with Benin and then through Nigeria, discharging through a massive delta, known as the Niger Delta or the Oil Rivers, into the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. The Niger is the third-longest river in Africa, exceeded only by the Nile and […]

Finger Lakes History and Facts For Kids

What is commonly referred to as the Finger Lakes is a group of eleven long and narrow lakes situated in the west-central region of upstate New York. Their name comes from their overall shape – a group of bodies of water that appear as two hands with their fingers stretched out. The longest of all of the Finger Lakes, LakeCayuga, is […]

Facts about Lake Champlain for Kids

Lake Champlain is a natural, freshwater lake in North America, located mainly within the borders of the United States (states of Vermont and New York) but partially situated across the Canada-United States border in the Canadian province of Quebec. The New York portion of the Champlain Valley includes the eastern portions of Clinton County and Essex County. There are recreational opportunities in the park and along the […]

Facts About The Dead Sea For Kids

The Dead Sea, also called the Salt Sea, is a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east and Israel and Palestine to the west. Its surface and shores are 1,388 ft below sealevel, Earth’s lowest elevation on land. The Dead Sea is 1,237 ft deep, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. With 33.7% salinity, it is also one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water, though Lake Assal (Djibouti), Garabogazköl and some hypersaline lakes of […]

Facts About The Strait Of Gibraltar For Kids

The Strait of Gibraltar is a narrow strait that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea and separates Gibraltar and Spain in Europe from Morocco in Africa. Europe and Africa are separated by 7.7 nautical miles of ocean at the strait’s narrowest point. Ferries cross between the two continents every day in as little as 35 minutes. The Spanish side of the Strait is protected under El Estrecho Natural […]

Facts about the Pacific Ocean For Kids

The Pacific Ocean is the largest and deepest of Earth’s oceanic divisions. It extends from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Southern Ocean in the south and is bounded by Asia and Australia in the west and the Americas in the east. The first contact of European navigators with the western edge of […]

Facts about The Saint Lawrence River For Kids

The Saint Lawrence is a large river flowing approximately from southwest to northeast in the middle latitudes of North America, connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. The river traverses the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario and forms part of the international boundary between Ontario and New York in the United States. The Saint Lawrence River originates at the outflow of Lake Ontario between […]

Facts about the Red Sea for Kids

The Red Sea is a seawater inlet of the Indian Ocean, lying between Africa and Asia.In the north, there is the Sinai Peninsula, the Gulf of Aqaba, and the Gulf of Suez (leading to the Suez Canal). It has a maximum depth of 2211 m (7254 ft) in the central median trench, and an average depth of 490 m (1,608 ft). […]

Facts about American Falls For Kids

The American Falls is one of three waterfalls that together are known as Niagara Falls on the Niagara River along the Canada–U.S. Unlike the much larger Horseshoe Falls, of which two-thirds of the falls is located in Ontario, Canada, and one-third in the US state of New York, the American Falls is entirely within the United States and New York. The falls receive […]

Facts about the Caribbean Sea for Kids

The Caribbean Sea is a sea of the Atlantic Ocean located in the tropics of the Western hemisphere. It is bounded by Mexico and Central America to the west and southwest, to the north by the Greater Antilles, to the east by the Lesser Antilles, and to the south by South America. The entire area of the Caribbean Sea, the numerous islands of the West Indies, and adjacent coasts, are collectively […]

Facts about The River Thames for Kids

The River Thames flows through southern England. It is the longest river entirely in England and the second longest in the United Kingdom, behind the River Severn. While it is best known because its lower reaches flow through central London, the river flows alongside several other towns and cities, including Oxford, Reading, Henley-on-Thames, Windsor, Kingston upon Thames and Richmond. The […]

List of Seas and Facts for Kids

A sea is a large body of saline water that may be connected with an ocean or may be a large saline lake that, like the Caspian Sea, lacks a natural outlet. The Ancient Egyptians and Phoenicians navigated the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, while Hannu was the first sea explorer for whom substantial information exists in the modern […]

Facts about the Seine River For Kids

It rises at Source-Seine, 30 kilometers northwest of Dijon in northeastern France in the Langres plateau, flowing through Paris and into the English Channel at Le Havre. Over 60% of its length, as far as Burgundy, is negotiable by commercial riverboats and nearly its whole length is available for recreational boating; excursion boats offer sightseeing tours of the Rive […]

Facts about the Congo River For Kids

The Congo River is a river in Africa, and is the deepest river in the world, with measured depths in excess of 720 ft. Additionally, its overall length of 2,920 mi makes it the ninth longest river. The Congo gets its name from the ancient Kingdom of Kongo which inhabited the lands at the mouth of the river. Between 1971 […]

Erie Canal Facts and History for Kids

Who was the principal engineer on the Erie Canal? Benjamin Wright When did construction began on the Erie Canal? July 4, 1817 in Rome, New York When was the Erie Canal First Used? May 17, 1821 When was the Erie Canal Completed? October 26, 1825 How many locks are there on the Erie Canal? 35 Where is the Erie Canal? The Erie Canal stretches […]

Facts about The Adriatic Sea For Kids

An extension of the Mediterranean Sea, the Adriatic Sea lies between the Italian and Balkan Peninsulas. While the western coast of the body of water is entirely Italian territory, its eastern coast is shared by Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Albania. The maximum length of the Adriatic Sea is about 478 miles. The northern Adriatic […]

Facts about the Atlantic Ocean for Kids

With a total area of about 41,100,000 sq mi, The Atlantic Ocean covers approximately 20% of the Earth’s surface and about 26% of its water surface area. The first part of its name refers to Atlas of Greek mythology, making the Atlantic the “Sea of Atlas”. The term Ethiopic Ocean, derived from Ethiopia, was applied to the southern Atlantic ocean as late as […]

Facts about the Southern Ocean for Kids

The Southern Ocean (also known as the Great Southern Ocean, Antarctic Ocean, South Polar Ocean and Austral Ocean) comprises the southernmost waters of the World Ocean, generally taken to be south of 60°S latitude and encircling Antarctica. It is regarded as the fourth-largest of the five principal oceanic divisions (after the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans, but larger than the Arctic Ocean). Geographers disagree on […]

Facts about The Niagara River For Kids

The Niagara River is a river that flows north from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario.It forms part of the border between the Province of Ontario in Canada and the State of New York in the United States. According to Iroquoian scholar Bruce Trigger, “Niagara” is derived from the name given to a branch of the locally residing native Neutral Confederacy, who are described […]

List of Oceans and Facts for Kids

An ocean is a body of saline water that composes a large part of a planet’s hydrosphere. The word “sea” is often used interchangeably with “ocean”, but strictly speaking a sea is a body of saline water (possibly a division of the World Ocean) partly or fully enclosed by land. Earth is the only planet known to have […]

Facts about the Indian Ocean for Kids

The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world’s oceanic divisions, covering approximately 20% of the water on the Earth’s surface. It is bounded by Asia – including India, after which the ocean is named – on the north; on the west by Africa; on the east by Australia; and on the south by the Southern Ocean. As one component of the interconnected global ocean, the […]

Facts about the Mediterranean Sea for Kids

The Mediterranean Sea is a sea connected to the Atlantic Ocean surrounded by the Mediterranean region and almost completely enclosed by land: on the north by Europe and Anatolia, on the south by North Africa, and on the east by the Levant. The sea is sometimes considered a part of the Atlantic Ocean, although it is often identified as a completely separate body of water. The […]

Arabian Sea Facts for Kids and Students

The Arabian Sea is a region of the Indian Ocean bounded on on the north by Pakistan and Iran, on the south by northeastern Somalia, on the east by India and on the west by the Arabian Peninsula. The biggest river flowing into the Sea is the Indus River. The Arabian Sea has two important branches — the Gulf of Aden in the southwest, connecting […]

The Nile River Facts For Kids

The Nile River is one of the largest rivers in the world and one of the only that flows south to north. The northern section of the river flows almost entirely through desert, from Sudan into Egypt, a country whose civilization has depended on the river since ancient times for farming and agriculture to support their […]

Facts About the Mississippi River For Kids

The Mississippi River is one of the most well known rivers in the world. It ranks up there with the The River Nile, The Amazon River, and The Chang Jiang River. It was formed and shaped by the Cordilleran Ice Sheet during the most recent Ice Age. As the ice began to recede, hundreds of feet of rich sediment were deposited […]

The Great Lakes: Lake Michigan, Huron, Erie, Superior, and Ontario

The Great Lakes are a collection of 5 freshwater lakes located in North America, on the Canada/United States border. The 5 lakes are Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario. They form the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth by total surface and volume. What fish are in the Great Lakes? If you’re going to go fishing in […]

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