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

Tributaries Distributaries
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.

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