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Delta Amacuro, Venezuela: the Mouth of the Orinoco River

April 27th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Orinoco River, Venezuela - April 13th, 2009

Orinoco River, Venezuela - April 13th, 2009

The mouth of the Orinoco River, lower right, discharges dark brown and tan sediments of the coast of Venezuela, southeast of the archipelagic nation of Trinidad and Tobago, near the upper center.

The Orinoco is one of the longest rivers in South America at 2,140 km, (1,330 miles). Its drainage basin, sometimes called the Orinoquia, covers 880,000 km², with 76.3% in Venezuela with the rest in Colombia.

The Orinoco empties into the Gulf of Paría and the Atlantic Ocean at Delta Amacuro, a very large delta (some 22.500 km²,  200 km long and 370 km at its widest).

This wide delta branches off into hundreds of rivers and waterways that flow through 41,000 km² of swampy forests.

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