Amazon is the second longest river in the world. Total length of this river is approximately 6400 kilometres. It is located in South America. It runs through Guyana, Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Peru.
Quick Facts: –
- In rainy season, the river can reach up to about 190 km in width.
- Majorly, the Amazon runs through rainforests so no bridge has ever made to cross the river.
- Manaus, which is located in Brazil, is the largest city along the Amazon.
- There are almost 3000 known species of fishes that live in the Amazon River. Piranha is a type of dangerous meat eating fish.
- Shallow waters of the river are most suitable places for anacondas to hide themselves. Anacondas are one of the largest snakes in the world.
- Source of this river is Lago Villafro in the Andes Mountains, Peru and its mouth is Brazil where it flows into Atlantic Ocean.
- Francisco de Orellana, a Spanish soldier was the first one to travel the length of the Amazon. He did this in 1542.
- This river has around 1,100 tributaries.
- Amazon is the largest river by the amount of water discharge.
- It carries approximately 20% of all the freshwater in to the ocean.