The world’s watersheds are made up of rivers of all sizes, from small intermittent springs to major rivers like the Mighty Mississippi. When seen together they look like a circulatory system, and indeed they do bring life to our world.
UK geographer Szűcs Róbert created a series of maps that divide the planet’s watersheds into colorful catchment areas. Taken together, the maps provide an informative look at how water flows across continents. Viewers get a good sense of how rivers – and the pollution we dump in them – don’t respect political boundaries.
Imagine if states in the United States were based on watersheds? The country would look (and probably function) very differently.