2 Appalachian Mountains Watershed:The land area that supplies water to a RIVER SYSTEM* Can also be called a DRAINAGE BASINYadkinAppalachian MountainsTo Gulf of MexicoNorth Carolina Sounds
3 DIVIDES:Boundary lines that DIVIDE one watershed from another.They are areas of high elevation compared to the other land around them.At the top of a divide, the water must flow DOWNHILL to one side or the other because of GRAVITYExamples: tops of mountain ranges, ridgelines, & hilly areas.Eventually, the water reaches rivers and flows out to a large body of water like a bay, gulf, or ocean.
5 (smaller streams that feed water into a large river) RIVER SYSTEM:A large riverwith all of itstributaries(smaller streams that feed water into a large river)
6 UNITED STATES WATERSHEDS The largest watershed in the United States is the Mississippi River Watershed.The Rocky Mountains (also called the Continental Divide) are the western boundary of this watershed.The Appalachian Mountains are the eastern boundary.It drains into the Gulf of Mexico.Two other major U.S. Watersheds are:~ Columbia River Watershed~ Colorado River Watershed*See the map on page201 in your textbook
7 Appalachian Mountains VIRGINIA WATERSHEDS- About HALF of Virginia’s land drains water into the Chesapeake Bay!* Hampton is in the Chesapeake Bay watershed!- Virginia’s smallest watershed is the Yadkin watershedHampton lies in the Bay Coastal WatershedYadkinAppalachian MountainsTo Gulf of MexicoNorth Carolina Sounds