A river basin is a piece of land that is drained by a river as well as its tributaries. A basin catches the water from rivers and streams and sends it to the ocean.
Generically, it is an area that is drained by one river and its tributaries. The second link below is a resource for many of the river basins internationally, with links to basin maps.
Some of the more well known river basins, here in the U.S. are the Mississippi and Colorado. As their names imply, they drain their surrounding regions with all water flowing into the Mississippi and Colorado rivers.
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