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What is the difference between delta and estuary?


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The difference between delta and estuary are tabulated below.

Delta Estuary
It is a wetland formed due to the deposition of sediments by rivers The estuary is an area where saltwater of sea mixes with fresh water of rivers. It is formed by a tidal bore.
Delta is formed by the Godavari, Krishna, Cauvery, Ganga, Mahanadi, Brahmaputra etc. in India The rivers Tapti and Narmada rivers form the estuary in India
Delta is a low triangular area of alluvial deposits where a river divides before entering a larger body of water. It is the funnel-shaped mouth of a river where tides move in and out.
Deltas are mostly used in fishing activities. Estuary areas are covered for agricultural activities.

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