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Monday, April 1, 2013

17 Facts about South America

South America is the fourth-largest continent in the world with glaciers,deserts and all types of landscapes and climate.It  is the home to many interesting species of animals and birds.World's one fifth of  the birds comes from here.

1.The world's Southern most city,Puentas Arenas is located in South America. 

2.The Amazon River in South America  is the second longest river in the world.It has the largest drainage basin in the world.

3.One of the world's greatest natural resource,the Amazon rainforest, got its name from the Amazon River which is the life force of the rainforest.It is the largest rainforest in the world.Also known as Amazonia.It is popularly described as the "Lungs of our Planet" because its vegetation continuously recycles carbon dioxide into oxygen and produces 20% of earth's oxygen.

4.Buenaventura, Colombia (with 267 DAYS rain per year), the wettest inhabited place on earth  is located in South America. 

5.The World's highest waterfall,Salto del Angel (Angel Falls), Venezuela is located in South America. 

6.Mount Aconcagua in Argentina is the highest mountain in South America. 
Andean Condor

7.Top 10 Rivers in South America:

  1. Amazon River
  2. Orinoco
  3. Paraná River
  4. Paraguay River
  5. Rio Negro,, the largest blackwater river in the world.
  6. Essequibo River
  7. Madeira River
  8. Río de la Plata(as a river it is the widest in the world )behaves as an estuary in which freshwater and seawater mix.
  9. Marañón River
  10. Japurá River
8.Colombia, in South America is the leading coffee producer in the World. 

9.Brazil  is the largest and the most populous country in South America.

10.The Salar de Uyuni is world's largest salt lake and one of Bolivia's top destinations.

11.Dinosaurs original footprints are preserved in  El parque cretácico(English:Dinosaur park).

12.Andean Condor in South America is the World's biggest flying bird.

13.The Andes is the longest continental mountain range in the world.The world's highest volcanoes are also in the Andes,South America.

15.Main languages: Spanish, Portuguese, and many Native American Languages. 
Principal Religions: Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, and others
Largest Cities: São Paulo, Bogotá, Lima, Rio de Janeiro,Caracas

16.Largest lakes in South America: Maracaibo, Titicaca, and PooPo.

17.Atacama desert in Chile,South America is the driest place on earth.


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