Distinguish between a tributary and a distributary
Tributaries are small streams of water that originates from the glacier and join together to form a river.
Distributaries are formed when the river breaks down into small streamlets or channels.
Difference between tributaries and distributaries
The Difference between tributaries and distributaries are tabulated below
|A stream that flows into a mainstream (or parent) river.
|A tributary that branches off and flows away from the mainstream or the parent river.
|Does not flow directly into a sea, ocean or lake
|May or may not flow directly into a sea, ocean or lake.
|Generally found in the upper course of the river.
|Generally found in the lower course of the river.
|Example: Yamuna is the tributary of the Ganga.
|Example: Hooghly is the distributary of Ganga.