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Rio Negro, Rio Colorado, Bariloche, Rio Salado, hydrography

The chief rivers of Argentina are the Parana, which traverses the north central portion of the country; the Uruguay, which forms part of the boundary with Uruguay; the Paraguay, which is the main affluent of the Parana; and the Rio de la Plata, the great estuary formed by the confluence of the Parana and the Uruguay rivers. The Parana-Uruguay system is navigable for about 3,000 km (about 2,000 mi). A famed scenic attraction, the Iguacu Falls, is on the Iguacu River, a tributary of the Parana. Other important rivers of Argentina are the Rio Colorado, the Rio Salado, and the Rio Negro. In the area between the Rio Salado and the Rio Colorado and in the Chaco region, some large rivers empty into swamps and marshes or disappear into sinks. The hydrography of the country includes numerous lakes, particularly among the foothills of the Patagonian Andes. The best known are those in the alpine lake country around the resort town of San Carlos de Bariloche (Bariloche).



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Rio Negro, Rio Colorado, Bariloche, Rio Salado, hydrography, Iguacu Falls, Plata, confluence, tributary, foothills, marshes, sinks, swamps, boundary, Paraguay, area

 
 

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