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Rivers Crossing Peruvian Amazon Rainforest

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January 1st, 2012 Category: Rivers

Peru - December 30th, 2011

Peru covers 1,285,216 km2 (496,225 sq mi). It borders Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil to the east, Bolivia to the southeast, Chile to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The Andes Mountains run parallel to the Pacific Ocean; they define the three regions traditionally used to describe the country geographically: the coast, the highlands and the jungle.

This image focuses on the jungle (selva) region, a wide expanse of flat terrain covered by the Amazon rainforest that extends east. Almost 60% of the country’s area is located within this region. Most Peruvian rivers originate in the peaks of the Andes and drain into one of three basins. Those that  are tributaries of the Amazon River are longer, have a much larger flow, and are less steep once they exit the sierra.

One Response to “Rivers Crossing Peruvian Amazon Rainforest”

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    Michael Chadd:

    Peru does have an incredible system of Rivers off the Amazon River. Many indigenous tribes live all up and down these Amazonian rivers. Until recent times they had only very limited contact with each other because they’re only way to connect was by river. This isolation made it easy for resource extracting corporation and others to prey on the indigenous lands. In the last decade through help of organizations like Amazon Herb Company and the Aceer foundation, federations have been created to create better information and education flow to better protect and retain their land rights, better health care. While the rivers of Peru are their highways, these rivers can be dangerous and limit travel.

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