20 unknown facts about Amazon River:-

 

The Amazon River of South America is the world’s largest river and the lifeblood of the world’s largest ecosystem, spanning two-fifths of an entire continent. It is home to a huge variety of animals and plants that dwell in its lush, evergreen environment. It is the mightiest river in the world by volume, with six times greater total river flow than the next six largest rivers combined, and the most extensive drainage basin in the world. Because of its vast dimensions it is sometimes called The River Sea. Running about 4,000 miles (6,400 kilometers), most sources regard the Amazon as the second longest river in length, compared to Africa‘s Nile River, though this is a matter of some dispute.

Originally explored in the sixteenth century by Europeans who used the Amazon to traverse the formidable environment, the vast waterway fed by numerous tributaries eventually gave rise to commerce in later years. Utilizing boats and steamers, Europeans, slaves, and indigenous peoples increasingly carried out of the rain forest a rich array of highly sought-after products.

Amazon rivers provide a range of habitats, including swamps, marshes and streams, each hosting different types of wildlife.1 These waterways are subject to major annual flood cycles, affecting the ecology and the landscape of the region.

Here are 20 amazing and fascinating facts about the 2nd largest river in the world , ‘ the river amazon’ :-

  1. There are over 5,600 known species of fish that live in the Amazon River, with more constantly being discovered.

  2. The Amazonian manatee, also known as “seacow“, is found in the northern Amazon River Basin and its tributaries.

  3. One of the largest freshwater fish in the world is found living in the waters of the Amazon River. Arapaima, also known locally as Pirarucu, have been found to reach a length of 4 meters (15 feet) and can weigh up to 200 kilograms (440 pounds).

  4. The Amazon got its name from the brave women warriors of the Greek mythology who were known by the name of Amazons.

  5. Anacondas lurk in the shallow waters of the Amazon Basin, they are one of the largest snakes in the world and occasionally attack larger animals such as goats that get to close the water.

  6. The largest city along the Amazon River is Manaus.Located in Brazil it is home to around 1.9 million people

  7. Marajó, the world’s largest river island with an area of 48,000 square kilometers (18,533 square miles) is located on Amazon and is about the size of Switzerland.

  8. The Amazon rainforest is the largest in the world and it surrounds and is supported by the river.

  9. The Amazon is the widest river of the world. The width of the Amazon is between 6 and 10 kilometers (1.0 and 6.2 miles) at low stage, but expands during the wet season to 48 kilometers (30 miles) or more.

  10. The mouth of the Amazon is over 320 kilometers (200 miles) wide.

  11. The Amazon basin is the largest drainage basin in the world, with an area of approximately 7,050,000 square kilometers (2,720,000 square miles), and accounts for roughly one-fifth of the world’s total river flow.

  12. It runs throughEcuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Peru.

  13. The River Amazon in South America is the largest river by discharge of water in the world, and the second in length.

  14. The Amazon rain forest has a great variety of plant life.
    Scientists have found more than 3,000 species of plants in 2.5 square kilometres there.
    The trees stand as tall as 60 metres.
    Their tops grow so close together that only a little sunlight can reach the ground.

  15. The river flows at a speed of about 2.5 kilometres per hour during the dry season, but the flow increases to about 5 kilometres per hour in the rainy season.

  16. The Amazon is a tropical environment that remains fairly hot and humid throughout the year with temperatures ranging between 70° f – 90° f all year-long.While there isn’t a summer or winter there is a rain and dry season.

  17. Over 1/3rd of the world’s species inhibit the Amazon Rainforest.

  18. At over 2,700,000 square miles the Amazon River has the largest flow of water in the world and contains more water than the 7 largest rivers in the world combined; providing us with around 1/5 of the world’s total river water flow!

  19. The rare Tucuxi dolphin may also be found living in parts of the Amazon basin.

  20. In addition to the Amazon River dolphin this amazing river houses 1/3 of the worlds known species!

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