Amazon River


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Amazon River

The second-longest river in the world and the one with the greatest volume of water, flowing about 6,600 km (4,100 mi) from Peru across northern Brazil to a delta on the Atlantic Ocean. Much of the Amazon basin consists of tropical rain forest that is home to numerous indigenous cultures and supports many rare plant and animal species.
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Noun1.Amazon River - a major South American riverAmazon River - a major South American river; arises in the Andes and flows eastward into the South Atlantic; the world's 2nd longest river (4000 miles)
Brasil, Brazil, Federative Republic of Brazil - the largest Latin American country and the largest Portuguese speaking country in the world; located in the central and northeastern part of South America; world's leading coffee exporter
Peru, Republic of Peru - a republic in western South America; achieved independence from Spain in 1821; was the heart of the Inca empire from the 12th to 16th centuries
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"That's the Amazon river in flood time in South America.
The Amazon River Basin: There are relatively strong water management institutions, low water stress and actively engaged stakeholders in the Amazon River Basin, on both a national and transboundary level, but it is challenged by a lack of co-ordinated investment programmes and needs to improve co-ordinated pollution control mechanisms.
From 2 to 3 p.m., a program will show PBS "Rivers of Life," which will feature the wildlife and people who inhabit the river scape of the Amazon River.
In the spring and summer, Amazon River discharge adds nutrients to the ocean, and such discharged nutrients may have increased in recent years due to increased deforestation and fertilizer use.
They spent five gruelling days kayaking the Amazon River, learning to catch their own food, making camp and meeting and dining with a local tribe.
The team spent five gruelling days kayaking the Amazon River, learning to catch their own food and making camp in aid of the charity
The structure is part of a complex of bridges that span a labyrinth of rivers at the mouth of the Amazon river basin.
Through their works, artists reflect the splendor of the Andean mountains, the Amazon River flowing through the lush mountains and the beauty of the lakes, dry and sandy coastal plains.
Peru's quest to provide universal identification has led the government to scale the Amazon river on army boats, providing civil registry services to remote communities.
As each new clue leads them up the Amazon River and deeper into the jungle, they soon discover things are not quite what they appear.
The Amazon River plume influences a huge area of the shelf, and may be a barrier to marine planktonic species.
Project implementation: Catch Amazon river dolphins throughout the Amazon basin to examine and GPS-tag them, gather data to determine how threatened they are, develop strategies to protect them