The Amazon River is the main river of South America. It is the world's second longest river. Only the Nile River in Africa is longer. The Amazon River stretches for 6,437 kilometers. That is even longer than the distance between Perth and Sydney. The river is too wide at many points for a person to see across it.
Many kinds of fish live in the Amazon River. The areas around the river are home to such animals as anaconda snakes, caimans (animals like alligators), monkeys, parrots, sloths, and many kinds of insects. A great many different kinds of plants grow in the Amazon rain forest.
Source: World Book Kids, 2017; Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2017
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