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La Plata River/Río de la Plata Estuary
BAIGÚN, C. R. M.; COLAUTTI, D. C.; MAIZTEGUI, T.
The Wetland Book Volumen 2: Distribution, Description and Conservation.
Lugar: Amsterdam; Año: 2018; p. 1 - 9
The La Plata River system can be defined as a funnel coastal plain tidal river with a semi-closed shelf at the mouth. La Plata River is both the world?s widestfreshwater system and an estuary that drains the second largest basin in SouthAmerica and the fifth largest in the world. The Rio de la Plata system is shared by Argentina and Uruguay and has an area of 38,000 km2, extends almost 300 km inlength, and widens from about 40 km at the inner freshwater part to 227 km at the Atlantic Ocean boundary. The system is mainly formed by the Paraná andUruguay rivers that provide 97 % of the water discharge contributing with amean annual flow of 16,000 and 4,000 m3/s, respectively. The Rio de la Platacomprises three well-defined areas: the internal zone that starts at the end of the Parana Delta and is characterized by only freshwater, an intermediate or mixing zone, and an external or marine zone.