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.|