The widest river in the world

Hundreds of rivers, like threads of a web, pass through the land of our planet. Each of them has its own characteristics, different sizes and power flow. The widest river in the world La Plata occurs in South America. Her mouth starts at the confluence of the two rivers Paraguay and Parana. In this place the width of La Plata is 48 km, the Length of the channel is about 320 km In the confluence of the river into the Atlantic ocean, the estuary has a maximum width of about 220 km. because Of such colossal proportions La Plata is sometimes called a Gulf.

The widest river in the world

Historical facts about the river La Plata

The name of the river La Plata, translated from Spanish means «Silver river». According to local inhabitants called the river because of the gold rush, in the era which the river, silver was mined. But in reality, the name preceded the English expression «River plate». So Europeans called for the first time seen the estuary.

First discovered La Plata river, the Spaniard Juan Diaz de Solis. It is within the framework of the expedition arrived in South America in 1516. After landing on the shores of La Plata the whole team was murdered by the natives. Managed to survive only Junge. After 20 years, the river began to appear in European colonies, the first of which was Buenos Aires.

The battle of the river plate

During the Second world war, about 150 miles from the river La Plata, has been the largest at that time naval battle. In the battle attended by the ships of England and the heavy cruiser Germany. The German ship suffered considerable damage, and the commanders decided to sink the cruiser.

Features of the river

The La Plata river can be clearly seen even from space thanks to the enormous size. Its basin occupies about 20% of the area of the continent. The water in La Plata has a brown color due to dissolved sludge. Large ships can operate only on a small stretch of the river. The track constantly grows shallow because of the sand brought by the tides. Quite often on the river work on the artificial deepening of the fairways.

View of La Plata from space

At La Plata there are many densely populated areas of the South American continent. The river is an international watercourse resources which are used by 5 countries:

  • Brazil;
  • Bolivia;
  • Paraguay;
  • Argentina;
  • Uruguay.

As you increase the number of people living on the banks of La Plata, and development of local industry, increasing anthropogenic change in the river basin. Countries using the resources of La Plata, we have to unite and take various measures to prevent the occurrence of environmental problems.

Industry and agriculture

Water resources of La Plata began to intensively use in the second half of the twentieth century. The development of the construction and furniture industry led to the destruction of forests, which caused the destruction of the banks of the pool. To date, survived only 5% of vegetation cover.

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On the banks of the river concentrated a huge amount of HPS. The biggest of them provides electricity to about 90% of the needs of Brazil. The estuary and its tributaries abound in the reservoirs, the number of which is 20 and growing. Intensively used the water of La Plata for irrigation of agricultural land. By the early XXI century the area of land requiring irrigation, amounted to about 18 million hectares.


On the banks of the estuary there are few unique vegetation. Most here there are marshy plants. Despite the paltry number of primitive forests, deforestation continues.

Vegetation on the banks of La Plata

Agricultural lands often grow wheat and corn. Other cultures are less common due to unsuitable climatic conditions.


In La Plata there is a huge amount of different species of fish. Only in the pond you can find rare species of Dolphin, which is named after the river La Plata. Members of his quite secretive, which makes it impossible for biologists to study them. It is known that dolphins prefer to gather in flocks, the number of which ranges from 10 to 15 individuals.

The river has many different types of turtles. In estuaries can be found:

  • green turtles;
  • loggerhead;
  • leathery turtles.

These types of reptiles are rare, and to catch them or collect the eggs is strictly prohibited.



Often on the river La Plata there are floods. Since 1980, their number and scope have increased significantly. Environmentalists believe that part of the reasons for this phenomenon were the work of hydroelectric power stations and global warming. Also increasing the intensity of floods associated with global Oceanography atmospheric phenomenon El niño.

The floods in La Plata

The massive flooding that occurred in recent years, La Plata, dated April 2013. The flooding led to numerous destructions of residential and industrial buildings and casualties.

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