Diagram of a water basin
Diagram of a water basin
 
 
A basin found in a bathroom
A basin found in a bathroom
 
 
A small basin created by Native Americans
A small basin created by Native Americans
 
 
A large mountain-top basin
A large mountain-top basin
 
 
Several basins around a mountain
Several basins around a mountain
 
 
A dry basin
A dry basin
 
 
A basin found in the mountains of China
A basin found in the mountains of China
 
Basin
Topic(s):   Landforms

A basin is a landform. It is where an area of the earth dips on all sides towards the center. It looks like a bowl made out of the earth. It can be a closed or mostly closed area of water. It can be large or small.

You might find a basin on the floor of the ocean. A river can drain into a basin. A basin can exist without any water in it at all.

There are different kinds of basins. An area of land that dips and water falls into it is called a drainage basin. A low area of land with no outlet is called an Endorheic basin.

Resource information

Merriam Webster (2011). Basin. Retrieved from http://mw1.merriam-webster.com/medical/basin?show=0&t=1296011979

Nussbaum, Greg. (2008). Mr. Nussbaum.com World Landforms. Retrieved from http://www.mrnussbaum.com/wlandforms.htm

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