Amazon River - eventually caused a reversal of flow, to the...

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Amazon River Amazon River is the world's second longest river and the chief river of South America. Only the Nile River in Africa is longer. The Amazon is 6,437 kilometres long. The Amazon carries more water than any other river--more than the Mississippi, Nile, and Yangtze rivers together. The Amazon was formed during the Cretaceous Period, between 65 million and 145 million years ago, when the South American and African tectonic plates separated and passed each other. It originally flowed from east to west, as established by sediment studies. As the eastern mountain ranges eroded, the Andes were thrust up. That
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Unformatted text preview: eventually caused a reversal of flow, to the present west to east direction. This river system is one of the world's most important river systems. The Amazon River makes up for 1/5 of the earth's fresh water. Each year the Amazon River empties tons of solid particles into the Ocean. This contains lots of fish food. When I was young, I heard a rumor that U.S. pays million dollars to Brazil for Amazon River every year. When I was reading this article, I realized why that kind of rumor made. I do not think the rumor is true, but without Amazon River, anything cannot survive....
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