View Full Version : Amateur Cartographer Seeking River Thru Marshland (Must Love Dogs)

06-10-2011, 03:09 PM
On a world map I am working on I have a river flowing into a tropical marsh. I am having trouble incorporating it into the map. Would I just draw the river thru the marsh? Would the river disappear into the marsh only to come out of the other side? Would the river simply disappear (I am thinking about making the swamp near the coast a mangrove)?

Has anyone else faced this issue before? Any ideas?

06-10-2011, 03:28 PM
Normally if I'm doing any kind of marshy area I stop my river just at the edge of the marsh and start it again at the other end (assuming a river flows out of the marsh. :) )

Master TMO
06-10-2011, 03:47 PM
I would also guess that it depends on the scale of the two? The Mississippi flowing through the Louisiana Bayou is so large that it is still recognizably a river, although the argument could also be posted that the Bayou isn't a typical marshy area, but a river delta instead. Those who know more than me on hydrography and geology (if I even have those terms right) would have to say for sure.

06-10-2011, 04:28 PM
Mangrove delta type thing sounds like the best solution.

06-11-2011, 01:06 AM
I think I am going to go with the delta/mangrove. That seems right anyway, and the marsh in question was going to be vast. Somewhat like the Pantanal region of the Amazon. Thanks for the feedback all.

Steel General
06-11-2011, 07:59 AM
Looking at the bayou's/marshes/etc. of Louisiana might give you some inspiration as well.

06-12-2011, 01:31 PM
Looking at the bayou's/marshes/etc. of Louisiana might give you some inspiration as well.

I will do that. I was also thinking of looking at the Mekong Delta in Viet Nam as well. I saw the Apocalypse Now Redux yesterday. It doesn't have as much swampy areas, but the area I am looking at also has thick jungles.