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Essequibo and Corentyne Rivers, Guyana and Suriname

September 20th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Guyana, Suriname and Brazil - August 25th, 2009

Guyana, Suriname and Brazil - August 25th, 2009

The Essequibo and Corentyne Rivers spill muddy brown sediments into the Atlantic Ocean off the north coast of South America. The coastline here belongs to Guyana (left) and Suriname (right), while the land towards the bottom edge is Brazilian territory.

The Essequibo (left of center) is the longest river in Guyana, and the largest river between the Orinoco and Amazon. Rising in the Acarai Mountains near the Brazil-Guyana border, the Essequibo flows to the north for 1000 km through forest and savanna into the Atlantic.

The Corentyne River (center), which also originates in the Acarai Mountains, is the second longest river in Guyana. It flows northward from its source for approximately 724 km (450 miles) between Guyana and Suriname, emptying into the Atlantic Ocean near Corriverton, Guyana and Nieuw Nickerie, Suriname.

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