Amazon River is the second longest river in the world after the Nile River. The total length of this river is approximately 6,400 kilometers. It is located in South America and runs through Guyana, Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru and Columbia. The largest city along this river is Manaus, located in Brazil. It is home to more than 1.7 million people. The Amazon ecosystem is often described as a rich one and its rainforest is one of the most expansive rainforests in the entire world. This river supplies the earth with 20% of its freshwater supply.
Quick Facts: –
- The Amazon River originates from the Andes Mountain in Peru.
- It is the largest river by the discharge of water in the world. It discharges 209,000 cubic meters every second.
- This river is made up of over 1,100 tributaries and 17 of them are longer than 1,600 kilometers.
- The Amazon River flows all the way from Peru to the end of Brazil and out into the Atlantic Ocean.
- The Amazon Rainforest is a behemoth tropical forest that supports and nurtures the richest biodiversity in the world.
- This river dumps directly in into the turbulent Atlantic. It never really forms a true delta.
- It has so vast dimensions that it has got a nickname ‘The River Sea’.
- It is the prime habitat of the Boto which is the largest species of river dolphin. It is also known as Amazon River Dolphin.
- It also has the largest biodiversity in the world housing more than one-third of the worlds’ known species.