Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Rio de la Plata

Ok...today's geography lesson to go with the prior photos. The Rio de la Plata grows from 48km (30miles) wide to where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean to 220km (137 miles) wide. We see this river every morning from our hotel. It is tidal and seems like the ocean to us. It has a brown silt (facts state that there is approx. 2 billion cubic feet of silt every year). This organic material is being washed down river from where it starts and feeds in Brazil, Paruguay and Argentina. Everyday we see 40+ ships leaving the port here for exporting. Uruguay is a country that many other nations wanted to acquire for years because if its natural port and stratgeic position to bring items (from and to all of South America) to Europe and Asia.

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