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Amazon River: The Origin Of The World’s Largest River

Where does the Amazon River start?
Explorers and scientists have argued over where to locate the start of the Amazon River since at least the mid-1600s. According to a research trip led by National Geographic, it was determined that the Amazon River has its beginnings a top the Peruvian Andes, Nevado Mismi, Arequipa, Peru. One might think that this huge river would have a thunderous beginning, but it is only a small Water thread in the mountains. The river meanders through South America to its final destination, the Atlantic Ocean, almost four thousand miles away. While it is not recognized as the longest river in the world, it is definitely the largest river in the world determined by the volume of water.



In 2009, a new study pinpointed the age of the Amazon River, as a transcontinental river, at 11 million years old, although it did not achieve its current shape and course until about 2.4 million years ago. While the oldest rivers in the world are older by hundreds of millions of years, the age of the Amazon River is still scientifically important. The age of a river is proportional to the age of the mountain range from which it originates. In the case of the Peruvian Andes, they began lifting only about 12 million years ago.


The importance of the Amazon River and the rainforest through which it flows are still being discovered. This area has not been fully explored and there are plants, animals, and microorganisms which may hold the key to curing diseases or solving a variety of scientific problems. Additionally, the river is the largest source of fresh water in the world. It is utilized by the indigenous people for food, water, and transportation, and it is home to an enormous number of plants and wildlife.

We hope this information has been helpful. Now you learn some basic facts about this majestic river. Learn about more destinations with us. We’re Inti Sun Trek.