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Fast Facts

Region: South America
Countries: Brazil, Columbia and Peru
Cities: Iquitos (Peru); Leticia (Colombia); Manaus (Brazil), Santarém and Belém do Pará (Brazil), Macapa (Brazil)
Tributaries: Marañón, Japurá/Caquetá, Rio Negro/Guainía, Putumayo (left); Ucayali, Purus, Madeira, Xingu, Tocantins (right)
Primary Source: Andes Mountains (Peruvian Andes)
Primary Source Location: Nevado Mismi, Arequipa, Peru
Mouth Location: Atlantic Ocean
Length: 6,400 km
Width: 1.6 to 10 km at low stages (expanding to 48 km in wet season); 240 km (at the mouth – Atlantic Ocean)
Basin: 7,050,000 km2 (Approx.)
Average Discharge: 209,000 m3/s

The Amazon River is the second longest river worldwide, after the Nile. The river has the biggest drainage basin in the world as well as covers regarding 30% of South America. The Amazon.com got its name from the take on females warriors of the Greek mythology that were understood by the name of Amazons. The Spanish soldier, Francisco de Orellana, that wased initially European to discover the Amazon, in 1541, offered the river its name after reporting battle royals with tribes of women warriors, which he likened to the Amazons of Greek folklore.

The river originates from the Andes mountains in the Peru and also flows from west to east, going across through Colombia and Brazil, prior to draining pipes into the Atlantic Ocean. The Amazon.com rain forests are the biggest environment of the globe as well as are home to a wide variety of flora and also animals. The Amazon is the largest river of the world. The size of the river ranges 1.6 km and 10 km at low stage yet broadens to 48 kilometres throughout wet weather.

Prior to entering the Atlantic Sea, the river acquires the shape of a wide tidewater concerning 325 kilometres wide. Because of its substantial size, the Amazon.com is likewise called as The Sea River.

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