Amazon

Watershed statistics

  • Country: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela
  • Large-scale drainage area: South America (Atlantic Ocean)
  • Drainage: 6,144,727 km2
  • Population density: 4 people/km2
  • Large cities: 24
  • Cropland: 15%
  • Developed: 1%
  • Loss of original forest: 13%
  • Large dams: 2

Reference: Revenga, C., S. Murray, J. Abramovitz, and A. Hammond, 1998. Watersheds of the World: Ecological Value and Vulnerability. Washington, DC: World Resources Institute.

Amazon River watershed © Greg Fiske

Amazon River watershed © Greg Fiske