The 1982 German movie Fitzcarraldo tells the story of a man who crosses a minor divide of the Amazon River by having a 340-ton steamship hauled across a mountain. Fitzcarraldo is based on a true story. However, the real Fitzcarraldo did not have the entire ship dragged up and down the mountain. He had the ship taken apart, carried across the mountain piece by piece, and re-assembled on the other side.
line separating geographical areas.
small, open boat with pointed ends.
place where two rivers join and flow together.
one of the seven main land masses on Earth.
point or area that separates which directions a continent's river systems flow.
to meet or come together.
the top of a wave.
structure built across a river or other waterway to control the flow of water.
a ridge between two drainage systems.
performing a task with skill and minimal waste.
to raise higher than the surrounding area.
person who plans the building of things, such as structures (construction engineer) or substances (chemical engineer).
item assembled and ready for sale.
flat area alongside a stream or river that is subject to flooding.
process of a glacier carving out a landscape.
continental divide in North America separating rivers that flow into the Pacific Ocean and rivers that flow into the Atlantic Ocean. Also called the Continental Divide of the Americas.
largest freshwater bodies in the world, located in the United States and Canada. Lake Huron, Lake Ontario, Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, and Lake Superior make up the Great Lakes.
portion of an ocean or sea that penetrates land.
having to do with factories or mechanical production.
change in economic and social activities, beginning in the 18th century, brought by the replacement of hand tools with machinery and mass production.
chemical element with the symbol Fe.
line separating watersheds that never merge, but empty into the same body of water.
line separating watersheds that will later converge.
series or chain of mountains that are close together.
to plan and direct the course of a journey.
something that slows or stops progress.
to carry boats or other watercraft across dry land, between bodies of water.
division of a country larger than a town or county.
matter that needs to be processed into a product to use or sell.
large stream of flowing fresh water.
the art and science of controlling the flow, path, and power of rivers.
tributaries, mouth, source, delta, and flood plain of a river.
person who works aboard a ship.
transportation of goods, usually by large boat.
series of canals, locks, and channels, including the St. Lawrence River, that allows ships to travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes.
the science of using tools and complex machines to make human life easier or more profitable.
having to do with the Earth or dry land.
wood in an unfinished form, either trees or logs.
movement of people or goods from one place to another.
stream that feeds, or flows, into a larger stream.
craft for traveling on water, usually larger than a rowboat or skiff.
transportation vessel, such as a boat, for a body of water.
small opening where flowing water has carved through a mountain range.
entire river system or an area drained by a river and its tributaries.
body of water that serves as a route for transportation.