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21 Amazon River Facts That Surprise You

Amazon River Facts

Amazon river facts – The name “Amazon river” has long been associated with various types of films such as sci-fi movies, horror films or nightmare movies. Biodiversity possessed by the Amazon and the vastness of the Amazon area – so much of it has not yet been established until now – making the Amazon region or region synonymous with awesomeness.

So, there are many stories that can be assembled with the existence of the Amazon river, especially stories relating to haunted things such as horror films, nightmares or other films.

The Amazon River is very broad even through several countries so it is natural that many stories can be made. The extent of the Amazin river and its existence in the forest are certainly very many facts that need to be known. In this article, we will write some interesting facts about the Amazon river. Previously, we had written about the facts of the Amazon river dolphin.

Interesting Amazon River Facts

1. The Amazon River is the largest river in the world after the Nile in Egypt.

2. In terms of water discharge, the Amazon river is the largest river in the world that produces 7,831,000 cubic feet or 209,000 cubic meters of water every second.

3. Amazon river water discharge is greater when compared to the 7 largest rivers in the world then if all combine into one river.

4. All rivers in the world are only 1/5 of the size of the Amazon river which has the longest basin in the world. The Amazon River stretches more than 7,050,000 square kilometers or 2,720,000 square miles, making the Amazon river the largest drainage on the planet.

5. In the dry season, the width of the Amazon river is between 1.6 and 10 kilometers. But the story will be different if it’s in the rainy season. In the rainy season, the width of the Amazon river increases to 48 kilometers.

6. The Amazon River has an estuary area in a meeting with a sea of around 150 miles or 240 kilometers with the mouth of the main stem as wide as 80 kilometers. The extent of the estuary of the Amazon River causes its outbreak to be called “The River Sea”.

7. The next Amazon river fact is about its name. The Amazon River has many names depending on the country it followed. In the Rio Negro region, still within Brazil, this giant river is called Solimões.

8. Furthermore, in countries such as Colombia, Ecuador and Peru and some countries where the population speaks Spanish, this river is called the Amazon river.

9. The main water source of the Amazon river is the Ucayali-Apurímac river.

10. About 20% of the water on earth that enters the ocean comes from the Amazon river.

Other Amazon River Facts

11. The Amazon River surrounds all of the Amazon’s tropical rainforests which include French Guiana, Colombia, Guyana, Suriname, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Brazil, and Peru.

12. The Amazon forest is a giant tropical forest that is the world’s biggest lung.

13. This tropical forest covers an area of 5,400,000 square kilometers or 2,100,000 square miles.

14. The Amazon River is a habitat for more than 3000 fish species that have been identified. While the Anaconda can be seen and found in the Amazon’s shallow waters.

15. The Amazon river is a place for boto (Amazon river dolphin), tucuxi (other types of dolphins), several types of piranhas, electric eels, black caimans, giant otters, and several other unique types of creatures.

16. The Amazon River is also the best place for the development of turtles, crabs, and algae. While the types of microbes that are often found are Betaproteobacteria, Crenarchaeota, Gammaproteobacteria, Actinobacteria, and Alphaproteobacteria.

17. Another fact, the Amazon River originates from cross-world rivers that are around 11.8 million and 11.3 million years ago in the Miocene Epoch Era.

18. The Amazon River dumps its water directly into the Atlantic Ocean.

19. The Amazon River apparently has more than 1,100 tributaries. 17 of them have 1,500 km in length. The Amazon River experiences flooding every year due to a tidal wave called ‘pororoca’.

20. Before the Miocene Epoch era, or rather said during the limestone era, the Amazon river flowed west.

21. At that time, the Amazon flowed west to pass through the African continent (the current continent). At that time, the Americas and Africa were connected.