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Water falling in a watershed drains to a common point.

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Watersheds: A tributary at the arctic-boreal transition in the Agashashok River Watershed

A watershed is an area of land that drains all the streams and rainfall to a common outlet such as the outflow of a reservoir, mouth of a bay, or any point along a stream channel. Watersheds can be as small as a footprint or large enough to encompass all the land that drains water into rivers that drain into Chesapeake Bay, where it enters the Atlantic Ocean.

This picture gives a good representation of a watershed. It only shows a part of the Agashoshok watershed, but you can see how precipitation that falls on the near side of the ridges will move down-gradient to flow into the river in the picture.

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