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  Amazon River; world's greatest river
he Amazon is the greatest river in the world by so many measures; the volume of water it carries to the sea (approximately 20% of all the freshwater discharge into the oceans), the area of land that drains into it, and its length and width.
The mouth of the Amazon River, where it meets the sea, is so wide and deep that ocean-going ships have navigated its waters and traveled as far inland as two-thirds the way up the entire length of the river.
Whenever rain falls and lands anywhere in the river basin it all runs into the lowest place in the pan, which happens to be the Amazon River.
www.extremescience.com /AmazonRiver.htm   (797 words)

  Amazon (river) - MSN Encarta
Amazon (river) (Portuguese and Spanish Amazonas), river in northern South America, largely in Brazil, ranked as the largest in the world in terms of watershed area, number of tributaries, and volume of water discharged.
It is estimated that the Amazon discharges between 34 million and 121 million liters (9 million and 32 million gallons) of water per second and deposits a daily average of 3 million tons of sediment near its mouth.
The major headstreams of the Amazon are the Ucayali and Marañón rivers, both of which rise in the permanent snows and glaciers of the high Andes Mountains.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761571466/Amazon_(river).html   (1155 words)

  Amazon River - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Amazon River or River Amazon; Spanish: Río Amazonas, Portuguese: Rio Amazonas) of South America is the second longest river on Earth, the longest being the Nile in Africa.
Along with the Orinoco, the river is one of the main habitats of the Boto, also known as the Amazon River Dolphin.
Manaus, the largest city on the Amazon, as seen from a NASA satellite image, surrounded by the muddy Amazon River and the dark Negro River.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Amazon_River   (2920 words)

 The Amazon Rainforest
The basin is drained by the Amazon River, the world's largest river in terms of discharge, and the second longest river in the world after the Nile.
The river is made up of over 1,100 tributaries, 17 of which are longer than 1000 miles, and two of which (the Negro and the Madeira) are larger, in terms of volume, than the Zaire river.
Today the Amazon River is the most voluminous river on Earth, eleven times the volume of the Mississippi, and drains an area equivalent in size to the United States.
rainforests.mongabay.com /amazon   (752 words)

 Learn more about Amazon River in the online encyclopedia.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Under such conditions of warfare between the ocean and the river, it is not surprising that the former is rapidly eating away the coast and that the vast volume of silt carried by the Amazon finds it impossible to build up a delta.
The Amazon is not so much a river as it is a gigantic reservoir, extending from the sea to the base of the Andes, and, in the wet season, varying in width from 5 to 400 m.
The Amazon River is one of the main habitats of the Boto, also known as the Amazon River Dolphin.
www.onlineencyclopedia.org /a/am/amazon_river.html   (2624 words)

 Amazon River Summary
The Amazon River or River Amazon; Spanish: Río Amazonas, Portuguese: Rio Amazonas) of South America is the second longest river on Earth, the longest being the Nile in Africa.
The bore is the reason the Amazon does not have a delta; the ocean rapidly carries away the vast volume of silt carried by the Amazon, making it impossible for a delta to grow.
Along with the Orinoco, the river is one of the main habitats of the Boto, also known as the Amazon River Dolphin.
www.bookrags.com /Amazon_River   (4450 words)

 The Amazon River
Amazon is the world's second-longest river at 4,160 miles, just 24 miles shorter than the Nile.
Amazon dominates South America, collecting water from 40 percent of the continent, in the form of thousands of tributaries, many of which are themselves more than 1000 miles long.
Amazon River is part of a larger area called the Amazon Rainforest, which has a unique assortment of plants and animals.
www.socialstudiesforkids.com /articles/geography/amazonriver.htm   (199 words)

 Amazon River Cruise, Amazon River Cruises, Amazon River Tours, Amazon River Tour, Amazon River Trips
Amazon River cruises allow you to discover the stunning scenery and adventure of one of the most famous rivers in the world.
Amazon River cruises are offered on a variety of cruise lines, with ships ranging from three stars to six stars, as adventurous or luxurious as you wish.
This cruise line brings the private country club lifestyle to its Amazon River cruises, with an onboard atmosphere that is elegant but relaxed, never formal or stuffy.
www.amazonrivercruise.com /amazon_cruise_lines.cfm   (402 words)

 Boto (Amazon River Dolphin) | Cetacean Fact Sheet | American Cetacean Society
The Amazon River Dolphin, also called the boutu, boto, or bufeo, is the largest of the freshwater dolphins, and like all freshwater dolphins it is endangered because of hunting, human pressures, and degradation of habitat.
The Amazon River dolphin, or boutu, is a fresh water dolphin of medium size, with a heavy, thickset body.
The boutu is found everywhere in northern and central South America from the Amazon River delta to the Andes.
www.acsonline.org /factpack/Boto.htm   (842 words)

 Amazon | Amazon River | Tropical | Paradise | Parrot | South America | Rain Forest   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Amazon rainforest covers 2.5 million square miles and is bigger than the whole United States.
The first Europeans to discover the Amazon were Spanish Conquistadors, who found it while searching for gold and silver to bring back to their king.
Even though the Amazon makes up only two percent of the earth's surface area, it is home to more than half of the world's plant and animal species.
www.kidzworld.com /article/3178-travel-welcome-to-the-amazon   (256 words)

 BBC - Science & Nature - Wildfacts - Amazon river dolphin, boto, bouto, pink river dolphin
Amazon river dolphins are sometimes a pale blue colour, sometimes pink and frequently albino.
There are reports that Amazon river dolphins can stun prey with bursts of sound from the "melon" organ in their bulging forehead.
Amazon river dolphins breed in late October to early November.
www.bbc.co.uk /nature/wildfacts/factfiles/62.shtml   (233 words)

 Amazon River - Voyager, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Amazon River (occasionally River Amazon; Spanish: Río Amazonas, Portuguese: Rio Amazonas) of South America is one of the two longest rivers on Earth, the other being the Nile in Africa.
The main river (which is usually between one and six miles wide) is navigable for large ocean steamers to Manaus, almost 800 miles upriver from the mouth.
The abundance of water in the Amazon basin is due to the fact that much of this lies in the region below the Intertropical convergence zone, where rainfall is at a maximum.
voyager.in /Amazon_River   (3103 words)

 The Amazon River
The Amazon River flows through the center of the rainforest and is fed by 1,100 tributaries, seventeen of which are over 1,000 miles long.
The Amazon is by far the largest river system in the world and over two-thirds of all the fresh water found on earth is in the Amazon basin's rivers, streams and tributaries.
The Andean mountain range and the Amazon jungle are home to more than half of the world's species of flora and fauna and one in five of all the birds in the world live in the rainforests of the Amazon..
www.freshwateraquariumplants.com /amazonbiotope/amazonriverfacts.html   (1563 words)

 Rivers of Life: River Profile - The Amazon
is the second longest river in the world, and the largest in terms of the size of its watershed, the number of tributaries, and the volume of water discharged into the sea.
The Amazon and its tributaries flow through the countries of Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Brazil before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean 6, 437 kilometers (4,000 miles) from the Amazon's headwaters high in the Andes mountains of Peru.
The Amazon is home to a variety of Indian cultures who have a great deal of knowledge about the rich and complex rainforest environment.
cgee.hamline.edu /rivers/Resources/river_profiles/Amazon.html   (342 words)

 Peru - The Amazon River
Apparently the source of the river is a matter of national pride, so be sure you know where the person with whom you are speaking came from before discussing this.
River traffic is mostly flat bottomed canoes, mostly hand paddled, occasionally powered by ancient outboard motors.
When Africa and South America were the same Continent, the Amazon River flowed east to west, starting in Africa and ending in the Pacific Ocean.
home.earthlink.net /~pgary/PeruAmazon.html   (2445 words)

 Amazon River Cruises, Amazon River Cruise, Amazon River Tours, Amazon River Tour, Amazon River Trips
The most exploratory Amazon River cruises travel the Upper Amazon River by expedition vessel and normally cruise roundtrip from Iquitos, Peru to Manaus, Brazil (or vice versa), and visit ports like Leticia, Colombia and Lago Sao Paulo.
On these exciting journeys, you will cruise Amazon River tributaries by Zodiac or even local canoes, and you are sure to spot exotic wildlife and a vast array of indigenous people.
Five and six-star ships cruise the Amazon River as part of longer Caribbean and South America itineraries and typically begin or end in Manaus, Brazil, the capital of the State of Amazonas.
www.amazonrivercruises.com /?source=eriver   (229 words)

 Amazonia - National Zoo| FONZ
White-blotched river stingrays were recently born at the Zoo's Amazonia exhibit.
Watching Amazon river fishes: Here is a glimpse into the rich and vibrant underwater life of the Amazon.
The Zoo's Amazonia Exhibit leads visitors into the realm of the Amazon River Basin, where giant arapaima, pacu, red-tailed catfish, and piranhas swim in shallow water, and poison arrow frogs, titi monkeys, tanagers, a scarlet macaw, and a two-toed sloth inhabit the world above.
nationalzoo.si.edu /Animals/Amazonia   (995 words)

 Amazon cruises - rainforest tours - river boat cruise -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Amazon cruises and rainforest tours on board river boats that cruise the Amazon basin in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru
The Amazon river and its tributaries are the largest fresh water system on the planet and home of the most biodiverse region.
Amazon cruises & tours - rainforest ecosystem & river wildlife, the wilderness, nature and cultures of this tropical basin and its wild mysteries
www.amazoncruise.net   (693 words)

 Amazon cruises & tours - Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Amazon Region now appears to congregate a diverse clientele, regardless of age, all share a spirit of adventure and curiosity on the immense lush green and the secrets of the Flora and Fauna of the Amazon, the green lung of the world.
Amazon river cruises offer the best of two worlds: the convenience and comfort of a pre-arranged group program and the joy of personal discovery.
The canoe trips along the rivers are excellent opportunities for viewing parrots, macaws, and herons and rivers turtles.
www.amazoncruise.net /river-cruises   (761 words)

 Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for Amazon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The highway, stretching from the Atlantic coast to the Peruvian border, is an important factor in the economic development of the Amazon region.
The hot, humid region is drained by the Amazon and its numerous tributaries.
Belém, the chief port of the vast Amazon River basin, handles the Amazonian produce (chiefly Brazil nuts, aluminum, cassava, and pepper) and has processing plants.
www.encyclopedia.com /articles/00408.html   (635 words)

 Natural History Magazine | Feature
Size matters, and the Amazon River basin is a large, watery place, covering more than 2.5 million square miles, or 30 percent of the South American continent.
While river systems both large and small in the northeastern two-thirds of the continent appear to exemplify the tendency of low latitudes to be species rich, other South American rivers do not.
As denizens of rivers, streams, and lakes, the largest groups of endemic, or native, freshwater fishes in South America are relatively confined.
www.naturalhistorymag.com /0901/0901_feature.html   (2658 words)

 Giant Amazon River Turtle
The giant Amazon river turtle is one of the largest freshwater turtles in the world.
At the Aquarium, Amazon river turtles are fed sliced fruits, sweet potatoes, nuts, fresh greens, and a processed vegetable-based turtle food.
Restricted to the calm waters of large rivers in the dry season, they move into swamps, lagoons, and flooded forests where food is plentiful during the high-water season.
www.aqua.org /animals_riverturtle.html   (424 words)

 Pink Amazonian River Dolphin
Of the five freshwater species of dolphins in the world, the pink Amazon River dolphin, Inia geoffrensis, or "bufeo colorado” as they are known in Peru and “botos" as they known in in Brazil, are considered to be the most intelligent.
ISPTR believes that her work with the Peruvian Forest Police to protection both species of river dolphins, and empowering the local peoples of their rights and use of the law, there has been less illegal commercial fishing and logging in the area, thus saving the natural habitat of the land and aquatic life.
At river confluences, we have seen as many as 35 pink dolphins cooperatively herding and banking fish, often in association with the gray dolphins.
www.isptr-pard.org /dolphin.html   (1129 words)

 Greastest Places: Notes: Amazonia
The largest of the world's rivers in terms of volume of water discharged into the sea is the Amazon.
The fl rivers, in contrast, rise in areas of ancient basement rock where little sediment remains to be washed away; only dissolved organic matter stains their clarity.
The Amazon's volume in that month far exceeded the combined flow of the next eight largest rivers on Earth, as it does by the end of every May, even in years of normal flow.
www.greatestplaces.org /notes/amazon.htm   (1439 words)

 Research & Resources: Amazon River Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis)
For one, Amazon River dolphins are able to turn their necks from side to side while most species of dolphin cannot.
The Amazon River dolphin can be found in the Amazon River system as well as the Orinoco River system.
Amazon River dolphins feast on over 50 types of fish as well as crustaceans found on the river bottom and the occasional turtle.
www.rainforest-alliance.org /resources.cfm?id=river_dolphin   (384 words)

 Assessing the Amazon River’s Sensitivity to Deforestation
Understanding how the Amazon River varies in time, what causes those variations, and how sensitive it will be to ongoing, and accelerating, deforestation is a focus of study for scientists at the Woods Hole Research Center.
The Amazon, one of the most important watersheds on the planet and the largest river in the world, includes a massive network of rivers, floodplains, streams and wetlands, all playing an important role in modulating the Earth’s hydrologic and biogeochemical cycles.
Currently entering a third phase of study, a model of the Amazon River and floodplain will be combined with estimates of future deforestation to understand how humans may be affecting the Amazon.
www.whrc.org /pressroom/press_releases/PR-2005-06-20-AmazonRiver.htm   (683 words)

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