People use the Amazon River for water, food, travel and scientific discovery. In fact, the Amazon River alone adds 20 percent of freshwater into the ocean and is possibly the longest river in the world.Continue Reading
Many indigenous tribes live on or nearby the Amazon River. According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, tribes use the river as a source of food through fishing. Not only are tropical fish a food staple for local people, but they are also sought out for aquariums and for breeding. Alligators are hunted for both their meat and their skin, along with turtles, manatees and other water animals.
The Amazon River is also important for travel. Native peoples have canoes and sailing rafts, or jagandas, in which to navigate the river. Historically, in order to enslave the tribal people, explorers would commandeer their food and canoes.
People also use the Amazon River for scientific discovery. According to The Guardian world news, scientists discovered a freshwater dolphin species, called the Araguaia dolphin, in one of the tributaries of the Amazon River. The electric knifefish is also a new species found in the Amazon River. The fish gets its name from the high-frequency electric waves it uses to communicate along with its long snout.Learn more about South America
The Amazon River basin covers parts of Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela, totalling about 40 percent of South America. The Amazon River itself runs west to east from Iquitos in Peru, across Brazil and to the Atlantic Ocean.Full Answer >
The longest river in South America is the Amazon River. It is about 4,000 miles long and can be as wide as 120 miles in the rainy season.Full Answer >
The longest river in South America is the Amazon River at a total length of 4,049 miles. Only the Nile River in Africa is longer at a total of 4,160 miles. However, the Amazon River's discharge of over 7.3 million cubic feet per second is greater than the Nile's discharge.Full Answer >
Major bodies of water located in Peru include Lake Titicaca, Lake Llanganuco, the Amazon River, the Ucayali River, the Madre de Dios River and the Marañón River. In addition, the Pacific Ocean borders Peru on its west side.Full Answer >