The Amazon River is a massive river system located in South America. The main river runs through the countries of Brazil, Columbia and Peru. The river starts in the Andes Mountains and spans almost the entire continent where it meets the Atlantic Ocean in the northeast of Brazil. The Amazon basin is a huge area that covers almost 30% of the whole continent. The river and basin are one of the key ingredients that support the massive Amazon Rainforest. The Amazon river has long been regarded as the second longest river in the world, after the Nile River in Africa, but the debate about which river is longer still continues today.
How Long Is The Amazon River?
The exact distance of the Amazon River is a subject of much debate. It is usually listed at approximately 6,400 km (4,000 mi). However, it has been measured by different professionals somewhere between 6,259 km (3,889 mi) and 6,800 km (4,200 mi). In 2007 a team of Brazilian scientists announced that they had finally put the debate to rest. They measured the river from Nevado Mismi, a mountain peak in the Andes, which was identified as the source of the Amazon in 1996. The concluded that the Amazon River was 6,992 km (4,345 mi) long and the Nile River was 6,853 km (4,258 mi) long, but these lengths have been disputed by many other experts. It doesn’t look like the debate about the length of the Amazon River, and whether it is longer than the Nile, will end anytime soon.