"- A tributary is like a mini river. It is like a stream that stems from a river. You can have them in glaciers as well."
If you think of a river as being like the alphabet, a tributary is like the previous letter in a series. If the river is like a B, then its tributary would be A. One letter flows into the next the way water from a tributary flows.
The water in the soil is pulled by the roots and flows into the main portion of the tree. Many roots flow into a main trunk where it flow into the branches and into the leaves and it evaporates.
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