The Amazon River is the worlds largest river by voloume of water. It is estimated 12gigaliters, 12 billion liters of water flow down the river every miniute of he day. The length of the river is 6437 kilometers long making this river the largest in the world.

This river system is one of the world's most important river systems. The Amazon River makes up for 1/5 of the earth's fresh water. Each year the Amazon River empties tons of solid particles into the ocean. This contains lots of fish food.

Piranas are flesh eating fish that live in the Amazon River. They only eat if you are in panick which makes these fish deadly.

The Amazon River produces approximently 20 percent of all water that the worlds rivers pour into the ocean on its own. This river doesn't freaze but it does snow through out the year a little. However this river is a rich river for tribes and people use it as their supply of water. It foods every year in June and houses get built on bamboo sticks.

The Negro River flows into the Amazon with the Maideria and Lake Titcia

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This photo of the Amozon River was taken during the dry season.

Some of the animals which live in the river include the Pink Dolphin, Piranas, Catfish and Stingrays.

Some of Our Issues

The illegal mines on the side of the river is polouting all of the waste like dirt and toxic substanses.

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The Amazon River has a lot of polloution because the people can't afford expensive boats which pollute less. Most boats are made from an old car motor which leaks a lot of oil and petrol.

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As you can see, all of this waste flows in the river.

The fisherman are killing the Pink Dolphins for bait. They are almot extinct. Fisherman are careless about what they put in the river.

Fish are counted in the number of 2,500 on the conservative side, some experts place it around 5,000 different fish species.

More than twice the number of species known from the Atlantic ocean are bull sharks and Caiman. Water snakes, amphibians and mammals- such as the Amazonian manatee, capybara and Amazon Pink river dolphin - are part of this amazing world of water dwellers as well, together with the Amazon stingray.

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There are no mayjor bridges or dams but dams are being built.


This is the amazon river highlited in purple.

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There are numerous problems and concerns, mainly deforestation, resettlement, pollution and abuse of natural resources. Even these problems could not be reasonably covered in an answer here.


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amazon river daming plans

As plans to build a major dam on the Amazon River edge there are concerns is the reality that the dam will bring much-needed hydropower to the region.

"Later this year a consortium of Brazilian construction and energy companies plans to start building a $4 billion hydroelectric dam on the Inambari River, which starts in the Andes and empties into the Madre de Dios River near Puerto Maldonado. When the dam is completed, in four to five years, its 2,000 megawatts of installed capacity—a touch below that of the Hoover Dam—will make it the largest hydroelectric facility in Peru and the fifth-largest in all of South America.

e closer to breaking ground, locals in nearby communities worry about the inevitable changes to come.river

one of the reasons the river is getting pollouted is oil from the gold mines this is killing fish and other marine life

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over fishing

Many people around the world still use traditional, relatively low-tech approaches to fishing, with a large number of people fishing for subsistence purposes. But the big share of the fish being plucked from the world's oceans are caught by industrial fishing fleets. Over the last few decades, commercial fishing boats have gotten super-sized and outfitted with an amazing array of sophisticated gear for locating fish, catching fish, and even freezing and processing fish right onboard as you can see most of the fish get wasted they catch more than they need more because market prices have dropped so they need more fish to make money

When thinking about possible solutions to the overfishing problem, it may initially seem that the problem is simply that we are pulling too many fish out of the sea. That's certainly a big part of it, but there are a number of other factors to consider as well:

  • the unintentional removal of non-targeted species during fishing operations (bycatch),

  • destruction of coastal and ocean-floor breeding habitats,

  • pollution, and

  • climate change (global warming).

All of the recent studies on our ocean problems recommend a comprehensive, ecologically based approach to fisheries management, not just simply trying to limit catch numbers. Let's hope that our governing officials have the wisdom to follow this advice.

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he ancient Shipibos had the concept that the earth was flat. If you wanted to go heaven, you only had to travel to where the Sun rises or sets. They thought that the earth was fixed and that all around it other worlds rotated. According to the Amazon legend, one day Bari Rahua was getting ready to go hunting. While he was preparing his hunting gear, he told his wife, “Woman! I’m going hunting. Take care of the children. Don’t let them go very far from the house.” In those days, it was common to make requests such as this because there were many beings with supernatural powers. Many of these sorcerers transformed themselves into human beings or family members and easily kidnapped their victims who were never to be seen again. Bari Rahua was hiking in the hills trying to clear his head when suddenly he heard a noise that came from underneath a fallen tree and beneath it he could see something that was moving. “Wow!” exclaimed Bari Rahua. “It seems like a tail of a yanguturu (armadillo).” With the idea of catching it, he came close and grabbed the tail and pulled it. To his surprise, he began to slowly descend and enter the interior of the earth. Being spellbound and curious, Bari Rahua did not let go of the tail. He found himself in the interior of the earth and realized that the tail belonged to a yanguturu. After a while when the air began to become exhausted, the yanguturu left for the surface, taking Bari Rahua with it. Now on the surface, Bari Rahua stood up and meticulously observed the place which was strange yet marvelous. “Where am I?” he asked. And attempting to find some sign of life, he walked a long ways, arriving at a great river. There he only heard the sound of the river current, the singing of birds, and the howling of animals. Tired of walking, he sat down on the bank of the great river. Suddenly, he was surprised by a parrot landing in a nearby tree. “My friend! Could you please tell me where I am,” he asked the bird. The parrot explained, “You are in Heaven, my brother. This great river that you see before you is Heaven. The river flows to where the Sun sets. Many beings live here, including the seven goats and other creatures.” Then the parrot flew off into the thicket. Exactly as the parrot had indicated, in the distance he heard voices. Soon he saw a boat and inside were seven goats, just as the parrot had told him. As the boat was passing in front of him, he pleaded, “Friends! Friends! Help me. Please take me with you.” The seven goats responded, “Friend, we can not pick you up or take you with us because in our canoe only seven beings can fit. Therefore, we are not authorized to take any one else as ordered by the Father Sun.” Despite his pleads to take him with them, the boat with the seven goats traveled down the river without him. He waited there for a short time and in the distance he saw a great boat on the river and inside he saw various persons. “Friends! Friends! Help me,” pleaded Bari Rahua. Upon hearing his pleads, the boat full of friendly men approached him and they invited him to come aboard. “Welcome aboard,” said one of his rescuers. The boat proceeded on its journey. Now inside the boat, he became keenly aware of the situation. “You are in the boat of the Father Sun,” he was told. “There in back inside the Pamacari (cabin) our master is resting. We cruise this river every day. Sometimes, when it rains and there is a lot of lightning, we moor the boat until the storm passes.” Bari Rahua observed that in the front part of the boat there were fourteen oarsmen, all of them black in color. In the center, there was a great Pamacari and in the stern there was only one man, the helmsman. From time to time llama tongues came out of the Pamacari. He was told, “We are the men of the Sun. You will ask why the oarsmen are black in color. This is because they are so close to the Father Sun. The helmsman only has a black head, as the rest of his body is covered by the Pamacari. We are known in your world as vultures and the helmsman as the Garza Manshaco (a type of heron with a black head).” In this way, our friend Bari Rahua traveled constantly on the great river (Heaven). According to the Amazon legend, now Bari Rahua was one more of the crew of the men of the Father Sun.

the native people

More than 350 indigenous and ethnic groups have lived in the Amazon for thousands of years, tapping nature for agriculture, clothing and traditional medicines. Today, more than 30 million people live in the region. Although most live in large urban centers, all residents remain dependent on the Amazon’s ecosystem services for food, shelter and livelihoods.

external image No-pollution-sign.jpgthe amazon river has a lot of polloution because the people cant afford expensive less pollouting boats most boats are made from an old car motor which leaks a lot of oil and petrol