Link #85: Jamaica Has 120 Rivers!


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Link #85: Jamaica Has 120 Rivers!

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Water is the greatest resource on this planet. While the vast majority of water on Earth exists in oceans, ocean water is not as critical as fresh water found in rivers for life on the planet. While some rivers may have become dangerous to humans, as we explained in our last post on E.coli riddled rivers in South Africa, some rivers are still pristine and clean.

For instance, did you know that Jamaica, a small island in the Caribbean, has more than 100 rivers? In fact, most rivers in Jamaica are still untouched by the people living in that region. Want to know more about this great resource of rivers? Read on.

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How Many Rivers Are There in Jamaica?

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There are 120 rivers in the small country of Jamaica! While Jamaica is an island country, it comprises two nation states, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Even though Jamaica boasts of 120 rivers, most of these are small.

In fact, some of them are so small that they can become dry during the off season. This means that many rivers in Jamaica can dry up during the course of the year. These rivers fill up and start flowing with heavy rainfall.

The rivers on the north side of the island are known to be shorter in length and much more precarious in terms of their flow. Because of the risks involved, the shorter rivers are often considered to not be navigable on the island. The rivers on the southern side of the island are relatively calmer and longer.

Of the 120 rivers in Jamaica, the three largest and most popular are the Rio Grande, the Yallahs River and the Black River. The Black River is the widest river on the island, while the longest river is the Rio Minho. Some rivers on the island are also underground rivers which flow through limestone caves.

What Is a Nation State?

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The Dominican Republic and Haiti are nation states located on the island nation of Jamaica. It is easy to confuse the terms countries, states and nation states with each other. As a matter of fact, most adults would be unable to tell you the difference between these terms. However, there are differences between them.

Country is often an abstract idea that multiple states adhere to while the term nation state is used for those nations that have a cultural commonality. This means that the people of the Dominican Republic have common cultural background and preferences while Haitians have their own unique cultural identity.

The terms country and state are usually used for political purposes. States and countries can be said to have a right over a particular piece of land. As a result of this a nation state becomes a political entity whose people have a common cultural identity.

In the case of Jamaica, while the Dominican Republic and Haiti have their unique cultural identities, their laws and self-governance, they are part of a larger political entity known as Jamaica.

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