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The Amazon River
Transcript of The Amazon River
for listening. Capybaras are a species of large rodent native to South America. They live in a variety of habitats but prefer habitats that are close to water such as flooded grasslands, lowland forests, rainforests, and marshes. Their range extends from southern Arizona and New Mexico to northern Argentina and Brazil. The Amazon Basin contains the largest population of jaguars. Their preferred habitat is that of tropical lowland forests. They also inhabit scrublands, coastal forests, and swamps. Piranha The Amazon River has the Anaconda Snake, Manatee, Piranha, the Boto dolphin, many types of fish, Electric eel, Caiman and crocodiles. The rainforest is home to the many types of birds, the Poison Dart frog, Sloths, Tarantula and Vampire bats. Bottle Nose Dolphin The Amazon River is about 6400 kilometres long and is considered to be the second longest river on the planet.
During the wet season, the Amazon River can reach over 190 kikometres 120 in width.
` Glossary capybaras: are a kind of guinea pig
variety: to give variety to a diet
extends: to stretch How and when it was formed. Interesting Facts! There are no bridges that cross the Amazon River because most of the Amazon runs through rainforests rather than roads or cities.
There are over 3,000 species of fish that live in the Amazon River, also home to the piranha, a meat-eating type of fish.
Anacondas, the largest snakes in the world, lurk in the shallow waters of the Amazon Basin.
The Amazon River carries more water than any other river in the world. 20% of the fresh water that flows into the world's oceans is from the Amazon.
The Amazon River has more tributaries (streams that flow into it) then any other river in the world. It has more than 200 tributaries.
Some scientists say that the Amazon River once flowed west into the Pacific Ocean! Anaconda Snake Millions of years ago, the Amazon River once flowed from east to west, into the Pacific Ocean. About 20 million years ago, great pressure on the tectonic plates caused the Andes Mountains to rise along the eastern side of South America. About 11 million years ago, the Amazon reversed its flow eastwards towards the Atlantic Ocean. Here is a video about the Amazon River