Tue, 11 Jan 2011 20:38:34 GMT
Spectacular nature: World’s largest rivers

The Amazon, South America



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The Amazon is considered the largest river in the world with a total discharge greater than the next ten largest rivers combined.

Such is the size of the river that, the Amazon, which has the largest drainage basin in the world, about 7,050,000 square kilometres, accounts for approximately one-fifth of the world's total river flow.

The width of the Amazon varies between 1.6 and 10 kilometres in the dry season, but expands during the wet season to 48 kilometres or more.