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Tyler Liebnau Mr.Virgiels Computers Tuesday, October 16, 2007 The Amazon River The Amazon is one of the mightiest rivers in the world. It is located in the northern part of South America. Its source is high in the Andes Mountains of Peru, and its mouth is in northeastern Brazil. At approximately 4,000 miles long, the Amazon is the second longest river in the world. Only the Nile River in Africa is longer. Thousands of tributaries make up the Amazon River system. Many of its tributaries are over 1,000 miles long. The mouth of the Amazon River is very wide and deep. Ocean-going ships can travel far inland on the Amazon. More than 15,000 miles of the Amazon River system are navigable. The mouth of the Amazon is hundreds of miles across. The Amazon carries more water than any other river. This is because much of it is
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Unformatted text preview: located in a tropical rain forest. Many parts of the Amazon basin receive over 400 inches of rain a year. It drains nearly the entire northern half of South America. During the rainy season, more than 7 million cubic feet of water empty into the ocean from the Amazon every second! The Amazon River is also home to some of the world’s largest and most exotic animals. The giant anaconda snake lives in the tropical waters of the Amazon. One of the world’s most ferocious fish, the piranha, is found in the Amazon and its tributaries. Some catfish have been found in the Amazon that weigh over 200 pounds. The Amazon is a ricer of extremes in many different ways....
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