No only is it astoundingly beautiful but this image of every single river in the US just shows how wet dry land really is.

To make the image, software engineer, Nelson Minar, fed data from the National Hydrography Dataset into a clever computer program which handily did most of the work for him.

The software used the Strahler number (a measure of branching complexity) to determine the size of the rivers.

The result is an incredibly detailed map of America's waterways (click here for an explorable version).

What is perhaps most remarkable is how the pattern of rivers across continents is so similar to the patterns found in veins in leaves, or even your own hand.

For a very different view of the States, check out this similar project mapping the country's streets.

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