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Comment: 25:06 - 25:54 (00:48)
Source: Annenberg/CPB Resources - Earth Revealed - 20. Running Water II: Landscape Evolution
Keywords: civilization, river, riverside, bank, landscape, landform, "geologic hazard"

Our transcription: Since its beginnings, civilization has flocked to the riverside, and there has always been a price to pay as the result.
But even with their power to destroy, rivers have given back.
They have cradled the life in and around their banks and carved out landscapes that are legacies to their power and might.
Today, as always, running water is one of the most significant sculptors of Earth's terrain.
Its effects are virtually everywhere; even in places which appear to be dominated by other geologic forces.
Indeed, the landforms running water creates and leaves behind are an enduring testament to its power.

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