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Sediments from Amazon River Entering Atlantic Ocean

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November 4th, 2011 Category: Sediments

Brazil - October 24th, 2011

The Amazon River of South America is the second longest river in the world and by far the largest by waterflow with an average discharge greater than the next seven largest rivers combined. Here, thick brown sediments can be seen flowing from the river mouth into the Atlantic Ocean.

The river enters the Atlantic Ocean in a broad estuary about 240 kilometres (150 mi) wide. The mouth of the main stem is 80 kilometres (50 mi). The Amazon, which has the largest drainage basin in the world, about 7,050,000 square kilometres (2,720,000 sq mi), accounts for approximately one-fifth of the world’s total river flow.

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