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I've googled for a while and on some sites I've found the word "watershed" as the proposed word. Is it the word that best suits it?

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A watershed is a line where rain water is divided (i.e. will it flow into one valley to the river there, or to the other valley), so typically found atop hills. –  Simon Richter May 16 '11 at 10:00
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A watershed is the area of land where water drains to a common point. A divide is the line that divides watersheds. –  Jay Elston May 16 '11 at 22:30
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In geography, a confluence is the meeting of two or more bodies of water. It usually refers to the point where two streams flow together, merging into a single stream.

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+1 Nice answer... This question also reminded me of when i used to study Geography earlier in my student career :D –  Alenanno May 16 '11 at 8:49
    
Indeed it reminded of my geography classes too while at primary school...but since it's way too back...I forgot it. –  mannyee May 16 '11 at 9:57
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I didn't seriously study any geography, but I do use Atlassian's Wiki which is named Confluence. –  Ed Guiness May 16 '11 at 10:21
    
Flannery O'Conner wrote that "confluence" was one of her favorite words. Easy to see why - it's a strong metaphor. –  The Raven May 16 '11 at 13:44
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@The Raven Yes it is, and onomatopoeic, to my ears at least. –  Ed Guiness May 16 '11 at 15:26
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You can also use the word junction, as in the

junction of the Grand and the Green

near Moab, Utah.

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It can either be a tributary or a distributary, where a river joins another or separate from one respectively.

It is called a confluence. A tributary is a smaller river joining a larger one. A distributary is a river flowing into the sea.

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More specifically, a tributary is a small river or stream joining the main river –  user8755 May 17 '11 at 8:07
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You could also use the word "fork" which is less formal. A watershed is all of the land area that a given body of water drains.

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Except that a fork takes one and makes two, a confluence takes two and makes one. –  Ed Guiness May 16 '11 at 9:37
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It could also be an "estuary":

[A] partly enclosed coastal body of water with one or more rivers or streams flowing into it, and with a free connection to the open sea.

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That's pretty far from "a place where two rivers meet", since it does not require more than one river, and does require the open sea. –  LarsH May 17 '11 at 1:40
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