Geography word of the week: Arroyo

  • Feb 09, 2016
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A little arroyo running through the Sonoran Desert in Sahuarita, Arizona. (Photo: $1LENCE D00600D/Wikipedia)
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An arroyo is a dry river bed or seasonally active creek. They are usually found in deserts or other arid climates and completely dry up between periods of wet weather.

Spanish; akin to Latin arr?gia mine shaft, 1800-1810

California’s Arroyo Seco is a well-known arroyo. Arroyos can also be man-made to distribute water or prevent flooding during heavy rains, such as in Albuquerque, New Mexico where several miles of open-air concrete lined channels drain into the main North Diversion Channel.


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