• The images in this gallery were collected from two satellites orbiting the Earth: the IKONOS and GeoEye-1 satellites operated and maintained by GeoEye.

    Satellite imagery captures a dazzling array of freshwater features in and around rivers and lakes. How many can you identify? Where else would you expect to find them?

      • lake
      • bank
      • inlet
      • ice
      • islands
      • channel
      • flood plain
      • oxbow lake
      • waterfall
      • cliff
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    bank Noun

    a slope of land adjoining a body of water, or a large elevated area of the sea floor.

    channel Noun

    deepest part of a shallow body of water, often a passageway for ships.

    cliff Noun

    steep wall of rock, earth, or ice.

    Encyclopedic Entry: cliff
    flood plain Noun

    flat area alongside a stream or river that is subject to flooding.

    Encyclopedic Entry: flood plain
    inlet Noun

    small indentation in a shoreline.

    island Noun

    body of land surrounded by water.

    Encyclopedic Entry: island
    lake Noun

    body of water surrounded by land.

    Encyclopedic Entry: lake
    oxbow lake Noun

    lake formed from an abandoned bend in a river.

    Encyclopedic Entry: oxbow lake
    waterfall Noun

    flow of water descending steeply over a cliff. Also called a cascade.

    Encyclopedic Entry: waterfall