a divide separating river systems that flow to opposite sides of a continent.
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How to use continental divide in a sentence
The blaze, which is burning at an elevation of 9,000 feet and across both sides of the continental divide, forced Rocky Mountain National Park to close.Colorado is fighting its largest wildfire in history. Other massive blazes are close behind. | Umair Irfan | October 22, 2020 | Vox
In this playground is a twenty-five-mile stretch of the most rugged section of the continental divide.Your National Parks | Enos A. Mills
Long snowshoe excursions on the continental divide have often brought me into the presence of mountain sheep in the snow.Watched by Wild Animals | Enos A. Mills
At the west the ridge expanded into the continental divide and the trail divided into dimmer footways.Watched by Wild Animals | Enos A. Mills
From this low continental divide the land slopes gently both to the north and south.North America | Israel C. Russell
Now, four days later, I crossed the river and set off above to explore in the direction of the continental divide.The Killer | Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for continental divide
the watershed of a continent, esp (often caps.) the principal watershed of North America, formed by the Rocky Mountains
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Scientific definitions for continental divide
A region of high ground, from each side of which the river systems of a continent flow into different continental-scale drainage basins.♦ In North America, the Continental Divide is a series of mountain ridges stretching from Alaska to Mexico, marking the separation of drainage basins that empty into the Pacific Ocean or Bering Sea from those that empty into the Arctic or Atlantic Oceans or the Gulf of Mexico.
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Cultural definitions for continental divide
An imaginary geographic line defined by the fact that water poured on one side of it would ultimately flow into the ocean on one side of a continent, while water poured on the other side of the line would flow into the ocean on the other side of the continent.
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