Thursday, April 04, 2013

Spectacular scenes expected from Amazon River tide....The Pororoca Phenomenon (VIDEO)

The pororoca is a tidal bore up to 4 meters high that travels upstream the Amazon River. Its name comes from the indigenous Tupi language, where it translates into "great destructive noise". It occurs at the mouth of the river where river water meets the Atlantic Ocean. The phenomenon is best seen in February and March, where waves up to 4 meters rolling for up to 35 minutes have been observed.

***The Amazon River in South America is the second longest river in the world. It is by far the largest by water flow with an average discharge greater than the next seven largest rivers combined.

 The Amazon, which has the largest drainage basin in the world, accounts for approximately one-fifth of the world’s total river flow.

The tidal bore in the Amazon River, together with that of the Qiantang River in China and the Ganges River in south Asia are the most well-known tides worldwide.

Starting today, we ( will bring you nine-days of special reports to unveil the mystery of the Amazon River tide.

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