the

Continental Divide Video

one of our geography terms is

continental divide many students don't

understand this concept so my goal in

this video is you to be able to

successfully answer this guiding

question what is the continental divide

a continental divide is a natural

boundary often a mountain range that

separates a continents river systems

each river system flows into a certain

Basin Bay or sea the map on the Left

shows the Chesapeake Bay watershed all

of the rivers and creeks highlighted in

this area flow into the Chesapeake Bay

and eventually the Atlantic Ocean this

map shows all the rivers and creeks that

flow into the Mississippi River and

eventually the Gulf of Mexico all the

rainwater that falls on one side of the

divide will flow into one basin and the

precipitation that falls on the other

side will flow to another basin for

instance in North America the Rocky

Mountains form the natural boundary or

divide that separates the river systems

if rainwater falls west of the divide

the rivers eventually find their way to

the Pacific Ocean

however if rain falls east of the Rocky

Mountains it will flow into streams and

rivers that flow into the Atlantic Ocean

while hiking and climbing in the Rocky

Mountains you will fight find signs that

mark the Continental Divide this is not

the only Continental Divide though

continental divides are found on every

continent in South America the Andes

Mountains form the Continental Divide

that separates the river systems since

the Andes Mountains are located so close

to the Pacific Ocean the water that

falls on the west side of this continent

do not have very far to go

both continental divides in North

America and South America run together

to form what we call the Great Divide

this divide run

from Alaska through the Rocky Mountains

of Western Canada and the continental

United States then through the Sierra

Madre Occidental Mountains in Mexico

through Central America and along the

Andes Mountains of South America another

Continental Divide exists between Europe

and Asia with the Ural Mountains forming

the natural boundary when rainwater

Falls west of the Ural Mountains the

water flows to the Mediterranean Sea and

the Atlantic Ocean

but if the water flows east of the Ural

Mountains the Himalayan mountains also

form a Continental Divide in southern

Asia separating river systems between

the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian

Ocean

so to recap a Continental Divide is any

natural not man-made boundary normally a

mountain range separating rainwater that

falls in creeks and rivers that flow

into two oceans in other words this is

like a barrier that stops rivers on one

side from flowing into oceans and seas

on the other side it follows the

principle of the drainage basin but on a

more significant and larger scale so how

do I know that you watched this video

great question

I'm going to check here's the proof that

you washed the whole thing open up your

notebook title the next blank page

continental divide and number one

through three right true or false

depending on what you think from the

video number one a Continental Divide is

a natural boundary often a mountain

range that separates a continents river

systems I hope you said true number two

there is only one Continental Divide in

the world and that is the one that runs

through North America I hope you said

false

number three since the Andes Mountains

are located so close to the Pacific

Ocean the water that falls on the west

side of this continent does not have

very far to go

if you said true you are correct