Continental Divide

geographical name

Definition of Continental Divide

the watershed of North America comprising the line of highest points of land separating the waters flowing west from those flowing north or east, coinciding with various ranges of the Rockies, and extending south-southeast from northwestern Canada to northwestern South America

Note: The Continental Divide has occasionally been referred to as the Great Divide .

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“Continental Divide.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Continental%20Divide. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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