Brazil: Did you know?                                                       

 

  • The Amazon River in northern South America, largely in Brazil, is the largest river in the world in terms of watershed area, number of tributaries and volume of water discharged. It is the second longest river in the world after the Nile River in Egypt.

 

 

  • It is estimated that the Amazon River flow volume is between 34 million and 121 million liters (9 million and 32 million gallons) of water per second.

 

  • It deposits a daily average of 3 million tons of sediment near its mouth. The outpouring of water and sediment is so vast that the salt content and color of the Atlantic Ocean are altered for a distance of about 320 km (about 200 miles) from the mouth of the river.