Have I got a treat for you all with this…. When you see the title interactive map of stream you instantly think live streams – I did. Streamer is actually a map that took the National Atlas team 20 years to catalog and maps out all the (water) streams that exist in the US. You can zoom in to see in real detail with every steam labeled.
The best part about the map is that if you click on a stream it highlights in red to show you the source and end point where it flows to a large body of water. The second best part is how unpredictable the flow and path of water is and just how far water steams can travel.
I have a bit of a geek thing about maps and can spend hours just looking at where countries are, the terrains, the spread of cities; imagining traveling to far destinations. So I found it quite addictive to click on each blue line and trace the source and flow in red. The image below shows just how many streams are tributaries to the Mississippi river.
This image is amazing and shows the drainage of the Appalachian mountains via all the tributaries to the Potomac river.
the two images below show how two streams can have the same source point but end it totally different directions. Starting from the Rocky Mountains one goes east and one goes west all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.
You can play with the Interactive Map of Streams in the US, Streamer here.