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Confluence of the Paraná and Uruguay Rivers – April 20th, 2009

April 20th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Argentina - April 5th, 2009

Argentina - April 5th, 2009

Close-up of Paraná River

Close-up of Paraná River

Close-up of confluence

Close-up of confluence

The Paraná  River snakes southward then curves to the East, after which it merges with the Uruguay River. At this convergence, it becomes the Río de la Plata, the world’s widest estuary.

An estimated 57 million cubic metres (2 billion cubic feet) of silt is carried into the estuary each year, where the muddy waters are stirred up by winds and the tides. Here, such sediments differ in color: the Paraná carries light tan sediments, while those in the Uruguay appear dark brown.

Argentina’s capital city, Buenos Aires, can be seen on the southern banks of the estuary.

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