Whether you stumble upon a babbling brook or a swift-moving stream as you hike through the woods, both will invariable cause you to pause and stare for a moment. Streams are beautiful to look at, but they are also an important part of the forest habitat.
Streams provide a water source and a home for the animals found in the region. But these swift-moving threads of water also serve to move water and minerals from high up in the mountains down to the rivers, which then carry the water out to the sea.
Streams feed, or provide water, to lakes, and streams carry the water out of a lake. This is so that the water in the lake does not stagnate, rather it is constantly being drained and replenished.
Streams carry fresh water and are typically very clear. The current is generally swift in a stream as gravity is pulling the water downhill. As streams move through the land, move the soil and wear away the rock, which is known as erosion.
Fun Fact – Geographers typically refer to any water that moves towards to ocean as a stream, even though it may be a river to us.
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