Talk:Stream

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Most Article Pictures are not of Streams or Brooks[edit]

There are captions for "creeks" and even a "river"!

A stream is none of these. The article should have pictures that reflects this, not rivers and broad creeks.

64.134.62.127 (talk) 02:25, 18 January 2012 (UTC)

The pictures can always be improved, but I see nothing amiss with the current selection. Streams are a generic name that is given to small rivers. A creek is another name for a stream, widely used regionally in certain parts of the world. There is no generally accepted point where a stream or creek should be called a river. It's true that Perkiomen Creek, in the article, looks somewhat large for a stream, but it is tributary which flows into a larger river, and tributaries are often referred to as streams or creeks. Maybe at other times of the year, Perkiomen Creek is smaller than the version we see in the article. --Epipelagic (talk) 23:17, 25 February 2012 (UTC)
Even more, "stream" is a common generic term for all rivers, creeks, brooks, and so on, of all sizes. The page's second sentence points this out. Pfly (talk) 23:48, 25 February 2012 (UTC)

Stream vs Watercourse[edit]

By the definition adopted by this page, what's the difference between a Stream and a Watercourse? The Watercourse page seems to assume that a stream is a small watercourse, whereas the Stream page does not seem to (any longer). If the two pages actually describe the same thing, shouldn't they be merged? Or if they describe different things, shouldn't the difference be clarified? I'm asking because that difference might matter for people trying to link these articles, via Wikidata, to the matching concepts of the Wikipedias in other languages, or of other projects such as OpenStreetMaps. The latter, as well as the Wikipedias in those few languages that I understand, map the "small river" concept to the "stream" page; the Merriam-Webster online dictionary and the Oxford English online dictionary agree with them. Peppepz (talk) 16:26, 29 November 2014 (UTC)

definition[edit]

When does gully erosion become a stream? Gully erosion has a bed and bank. Is ephemeral. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2600:100E:B022:48A5:4C8E:86CA:8867:288 (talk) 17:56, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

That "low level stream in Macon County, Illinois"[edit]

....looks an awful lot like a sunken road that later became a stream, not a natural formation. Anmccaff (talk) 21:11, 8 November 2015 (UTC)