WHY ARE RIVERS CROOKED?
In this fun and easy geology science experiment for kids, we’re going to investigate and understand why rivers are crooked.
- Tall mound of dirt, mud, or sand
- Water hose and water supply
- Flower watering can
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- Mound the dirt. Make sure that the mound is not uniform. You can add rocks or other obstacles for the flow of water to work its way around.
- Take a picture of the mound and determine where you think a river may form.
- Fill the flower watering can with water and sprinkle the water over the top of the mountain.
- Repeat this step several times if needed and determine if any rivers begin forming as the water works its way down the mound. Take a picture before each round of adding water to the mound.
- Now turn on the water hose with a steady stream of water.
- Hold the hose in a way so that the steady stream starts at the top of the hill and works its way down the mound.
- Do this for a few minutes and take a picture of the mound.
I hope you enjoyed this super quick tutorial and had fun investigating and exploring why rivers are crooked!
Pro tip: Use this activity to create some excitement around discussions or lessons about rivers, landforms, erosion, geology, and more!
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