- European Watershed
The European Watershed is the line which divides the
drainage basins of the major rivers of Germany; the Rhine river, which originates in the Swiss Alpsand empties into the North Seavia the Netherlands, and the Danube River, which originates in the Black Forestand flows eastward emptying into the Black Sea.
The European Watershed is not a clearly defined divide, however, since the Rhine's level is much lower than the Danube's, and subsurface rivers carry much water from the Danube watershed to the Rhine watershed. Since this enormous amount of underground water erodes much of its surrounding
limestone, it is expected that the Danube's upper course will one day disappear entirely in favor of the Rhine, a phenomenon called " stream capture".
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