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Ilha Grande do Gurupá and the Mouth of the Amazon River, Brazil

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November 20th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Brazil - September 1st, 2009

Brazil - September 1st, 2009

Close-up of river

Close-up of river

The Amazon River flows through the Amazon Rainforest before emptying its dense load of sediments into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil. The mouth of the river is about 330 kilometres (210 mi) wide.

The close-up focuses on the intricately woven branches of the Amazon, its tributaries and its islands southeast of the rivermouth.

The large island visible here is the suitably named Ilha Grande (Big Island) do Gurupá, the second largest island of the Amazon River delta. It lies in the Brazilian state of Pará, west of Marajó and near the confluence of the Amazon and the Xingu. The island has an area of 4,864 square kilometres (1,878 sq mi).

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