River expanse: La Plata is the widest river in the world

The widest of all in the world is considered to be the river flowing on the border of Uruguay and Argentina is La Plata.

Silver River, as the local population calls it. She was first discovered by Spanish navigators and were struck by her size and length. The name, interestingly, went from the English and was originally a comparison to a large plate, and meant “river plate”. The widest river in the world is formed from the river system of the Paraná rivers, with the tributary Paraguay and the Uruguay River, with which it merges.

The basin of this river is really huge, it is located on an area of three million square kilometers, it is about 20% of the entire area of the continent. The river flows throughout Uruguay, Bolivia, Paraguay and parts of Argentina and Brazil.

La Plata flows into the Atlantic Ocean, its muddy and yellowish hue water spreading in it for as much as 120 kilometers. The

waters of this river are also known for the fact that there is a large amount of different living. Especially flocks of some species of fish and turtles. But the rarest representatives can be considered dolphins living only in the basin of this river. It is the only species of river dolphin in the world that is able to survive the same way in the ocean.
Navigation in these waters is sparsely developed, mostly due to the numerous sludge and the large amount of river silt. There are ports in Montevideo and Buenos Aires, they are the only major ports on this vast river.

This river has the most active use of water resources for all of South America. On its shores are concentrated the largest number of inhabitants of those states through which it passes. Population growth in such places has consistently increased. Also along the banks of La Plata there are a huge number of different enterprises producing different types of industrial goods and food. The river has twenty major reservoirs and eleven hydropower stations located on it. This affects the state of this vast body of water, but recently active measures have been taken to restore ecology and protect the environment.

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