Types of watershed

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There are generally three different classifications as below : 1. Continental divide ( The Great Divide) 2. Major drainage divide 3. Minor drainage divide

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What is a watershed? An area of land that drains water, sediment, and dissolved materials to a common outlet. Watershed are separated by drainage divides. Can be any shape and size. Has boundariesIs a particular location and a spatial extent, gravitationally draining through that location.Is defined as a topographically delineated area that is drained by a stream system.Is a hydrological unit used for planning and management of natural resources. Types of watershedThere are generally three different classifications as below : Continental divide ( The Great Divide) Major drainage divide Minor drainage divide Continental divide Are drainage divides that separate groups of river systems that drain into different oceans. Major drainage divide The boundaries between individual river systems are called drainage divides. Watershed ManagementThe PROCESS of GUIDING & ORGANISING,land and other resources usage in a Watershed ensuring the sustenance of the Environment (Mainly the soil and water resources). The process of recognizing the interrelationships between, LAND USE, SOIL-WATER, and SLOPE OF TERAIN.Why manage watershed? a global perspective Land & water scarcity: is the major environmental issue facing the 21st century Demands > supplies (17%) Next 25yrs 2/3 pop. water shortage Land scarcity forest cut DesertificationFloodingUnstable slopes/LandslidesErosion from denuded landFood shortagePoor Quality Drinking WaterTimber short

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