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Sediments in Mouth of Amazon River, Brazil – June 14th, 2012

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June 14th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

Brazil - May 22nd, 2012

A thick load of sediments spills forth from the Amazon River, in South America. It is the second longest river in the world and by far the largest by waterflow with an average discharge greater than the next seven largest rivers combined. The Amazon, which has the largest drainage basin in the world, about 7,050,000 square kilometres (2,720,000 sq mi), accounts for approximately one-fifth of the world’s total river flow. Here, the land near the rivermouth is partially covered by dotted white clouds, often called “popcorn clouds”, that tend to form above very actively photosynthesizing plants, such as those of the Amazon Rainforest.

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