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04-25-2009, 03:57 PM
Before I continued with my current mapping project, I was hoping I could get some advice from the River Police. How are my rivers? Should there be more rivers? How does the Delta look? Should the rivers be a darker color?

I know the rivers look flat right now. I plan to add a bevel effect once I take it a little further.

The Darkened areas are were I am going to put mountains.

Thanks for the help.

04-25-2009, 04:42 PM
The two rivers to the east come so close together, I think they might merge in the real world.

04-25-2009, 04:45 PM
Although I'm not a member of the River Police, I'll go ahead and make a few suggestions. The big river flowing out from the south ought to have a delta (see the Nile and Volga rivers for good examples). That river probably has too many channels at its mouth because the total flow of the river through the delta should equal the flow through the main channel.
I would also recommend some additional rivers in the mountains to the north. If the mountains in the lower-right are truly rain-fed mountains then there should be another river or two coming out of them to the south. If you're going for a Tigris-Euphrates system there then those mountains would be much smaller and the peninsula would be much more arid.

I've attached an example with some of the suggestions.

It's interesting to see a map where Jerusalem got hit by a black hole that sucked in the surrounding terrain...

04-25-2009, 04:50 PM
The river in the south with the delta looks far too straight before it arrives at the delta. Not that there aren't fairly straight rivers, nor is there really anything wrong with your delta. But together they don't work to well.

Older rivers arriving on a flat plane tend to meander a bit, before starting to "delta" out at the mouth.

Straight rivers mean there's significant elevation and the water is fast moving therefore it is straight, which also signifies a "young" river. If fast moving, it should remain straight and no delta when arriving at the sea.

You'll need to decide if that is a young or older river. If you want to keep the delta, I recommend putting some side to side bends and turns before arriving at the delta.

Nice try, though, and otherwise perfectly "river police" legal.


04-25-2009, 07:09 PM
Thanks for the help. I'll fix up the map and post once again once I get the mountains all set.