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The Amazon River Facts for Kids


Facts and information about the Amazon River are taught in many schools around the world due to its massive size and appeal. The Amazon River is the largest river in the world and has a water flow greater than the next 10 largest rivers in the world combined. Its appeal ranks up there with the The Nile River, The River Thames in southern England, The Mississippi River that cuts the United States in half, and The Chang Jiang River. The Amazon River deposits close to 20% of all the worlds freshwater discharge into the oceans.

How long is the Amazon River?

The Amazon River is one of the longest rivers in the world. Its waters flow over 6,800 km and approximately 4,200 mi before emptying into the atlantic ocean.

Where is the Amazon River located?

The Amazon River is located in South America and flows from Peru into Brazil. The Amazon and its tributaries flow through the countries of PeruBoliviaVenezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Brazil.

What sea does the Amazon River flow into?

The Amazon River empties into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil

Where does the Amazon River start and what is the source?

The source of the Amazon River is lake, Lauricocha in the Andes Mountains in Nevado Mismi, Arequipa, Peru.

Where does the Amazon River end?

The Amazon River ends as it empties into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil.

How wide is the Amazon River?

The average width can be nearly 25 mi during the rainy season (November to June). Where as the main river is between 1 and 6 miles wide.

How deep is the Amazon River?

Most of the Brazilian part of the river exceeds 150 feet in depth, although some parts near the mouth have recorded depths of as much as 300 feet. This is home to many species of fish and creatures that have not yet been discovered.

How wide is the Amazon River?

During the wet season, parts of the Amazon exceed 120 mi in width. Quick Fact: At no point is the Amazon crossed by bridges. This is not because of its massive width because in fact for most of its 4200 mile stretch the Amazon’s width is well within the capability for engineers to build a bridge. The main reason that there are no bridges built across the Amazon River is because most of the river (about 40%) flows through tropical rainforest, where there are few roads and even fewer cities.