Beautiful Maps of the World’s Watersheds

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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. [Visual Capitalist]

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