If you want to learn about the Amazon River, this page
contains lots of useful information about this part of
the Rainforests, as well as how it is affected by human
The Amazon River (Portuguese: Rio Amazonas; Spanish:
Río Amazonas) of South America is the largest river
in the world by volume, with a total river flow greater
than the next top ten largest rivers flowing into the
ocean combined. The Amazon, which has the largest drainage
basin in the world, accounts for approximately one fifth
of the world's total river flow.
Because of its vast dimensions, it is sometimes called
The River Sea. At no point is the Amazon crossed by bridges.
This is only partly because of its huge dimensions—in
fact, for most of its length the Amazon is not so wide
that a modern bridge could not span it—but more
because, for most of its length, the river flows through
tropical rainforest, where there are few roads and even
While the Amazon is clearly the largest river in the
world by most measures, the current consensus within the
geographic community holds that the Amazon is the second
longest river, just slightly shorter than the Nile. However,
some scientists, particularly from Brazil, dispute this.
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