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Rivers in Suriname Spill Sediments into Atlantic

March 21st, 2009 Category: Rivers

Suriname - March 16th, 2009

Suriname - March 16th, 2009

Dark brown, tan and green colors swirl off the coast of Suriname, in South America, where the Suriname (right) and Coppename (left) Rivers spill sediments into the Atlantic Ocean.

The northern, lowland coastal area here, partially covered by clouds, has been cultivated, and most of the population lives in this region.

The Suriname River is 480 km long and flows through the country of Suriname. Its sources are located in the Guiana Highlands on the border between the Wilhelmina Mountains and the Eilerts de Haan Mountains (where it is known as the Gran Rio).

The river flows to the capital Paramaribo on the left bank and Meerzorg on the right bank. At Nieuw-Amsterdam it is joined by the Commewijne and immediately thereafter at the sandspit Braamspunt it flows into the Atlantic Ocean.

The Coppename River also begins in the Wilhelmina Mountains. Once it arrives at the coastal plain, it is joined by the Wayambo, which forms a bifurcation between the Coppename and the Nickerie Rivers.

Finally, it is joined by the tributaries Tibiti and Coesewijne. The Coppename and Saramacca Rivers then unite and flow together into the Atlantic.

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