With a length of 2140 km, the Orinoco
is one of the largest rivers of South America
. It flows through Venezuela
, having its source in Parima[?]
on the Brazilian
frontier, and from there making a wide arc, first flowing southwest, then west, north and finally northeast, into the Atlantic Ocean
. At its mouth it forms a wide delta
of 275 km. In the rainy seasons it can swell to a breadth of 22 kilometres and a depth of 100 meters. Most of the important Venezuelan rivers are tributaries of the Orinoco, the largest is the Apura[?]
. The river is navigable for most of its length, dredging enables ocean ships to go as far as Ciudad Bolivar[?]
, 435 km upstream.
A peculiarity of the Orinoco river system is the Casiquiare[?], which starts as an arm of the Orinoco, and finds its way to the Rio Negro, a tributary of the Amazon, thus forming a 'natural canal' between the Orinoco and the Amazon.
- Orinoco is also the name of one of The Wombles.
- Irish singer Enya had a hit with Orinoco Flow (Sail Away).
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