The very name may send chill in your spine too!
Those naked tall single breasted women shouting war-cry with pointed arrows set to shoot at you to kill! Fortunately this legendary Amazone is not this Amazon despite the similarity in names. Long time ago Francisco de Orellana led an exploration team to the Amazon Basins. The aim of the ‘exploration’ was a very ‘innocent’ one; to catch some tribals to be sold as slaves in the western market!
Unfortunately the ‘exploration’ turned out to a disaster and the ‘explorers’ had to flee for life when tribals attacked them with bows and arrows. Women also were there among the tribals. On return the team members told stories of a strange land with ferocious women like those lived in the legendary
Some spice in a story!
The story said above is a popular one explaining how the river and the basin got so named; in fact the origin of the word amazone is elsewhere. ‘Hamazan’ in Ionian language means ‘fight in group’ as these tribals fought in group including men, women and children; that word was apt for the tribe’s behavior. Their neighboring tribes as well as those who were victims of their ferocity called them amazans as the Ionians did not aspirate the first syllable (ha of hamazan and was pronounced as amazan).
The real stuff!
The word ‘amazon’ in Greek means breast-less (a = no or without and mazon = breast); those women were fierce warriors of a legendary country; who kept their men indoors and took on the foes with bows and arrows! They were tall, brave, gymnastic, and extremely ferocious. So dedicated to warfare that they used to amputate their left breast so that it doesn’t interfere with arrow aiming! (Some women characters of the recent movies must be out of the legends in their depiction; ferocity in women some way gives men some arousal). The ‘spice part’ in the story added to the popularity and the myth became an instant hit; that’s all!
The mother of all rivers!
By the total volume of water delivered per second Amazon is the god of all rivers; it is the life-blood of
The length of the river is considered a national pride and the statement that Amazon is longer than Nile may hurt River Nile and the national pride of the Egyptians; but they have the credit of having the most of the wonders in the world like the Pyramids, Timbuktu, Northern Red Sea, Aswan dam etc; when natural and manmade wonders are taken there is no end to the candidates from Egypt!
But length is nothing it is the quantity of water that matters; whole water of
The long march from Apacheta to the
The starts its course from the Apacheta Cliff, Nevado Mismi Mount at Arequepa of Peru in the Andes Ranges and reaches Brazil flowing through Peru and Columbia; it covers a total distance of 6570 km in its journey. The Peruvians call the portion of the river Mara none. Amazon is the recipient of the waters of a thousand tributaries; the major ones are Mara none of Peru, Japura and Rio Negro etc on the left side and Purus, Madeira, Tapajos and Xingu etc on the right side. When these entire rivers join to form the mighty Amazon it becomes such a phenomenon that it is called a river-sea, so vast that no bridge cross it!
Life-blood of the rain forest
The densest forest endowed with the world’s most wonderful varieties of plants, birds and animals; it has about 1000 plant varieties, 2000 bird species and more than 2.5 million types of insects along with thousands of fish species that live in this unique eco-system. About one fifth of the whole varieties of living things are found in the Amazon. As per experts one sq km of Amazon forest contain 75,000 verities of trees, 15,000 types of plants, all the more there will be 90,000 tons of plants per sq km! The carbon dioxide consumed and oxygen released by these plants worth several billions of dollars; but there is no one see things in that angle.
The exotic inhabitants
Some of them very exclusive alone are mentioned below; Amazon River Dolphin known as Boto which grows up to 2.5 meters in length found in Orinoco; the largest river dolphin, Piranha – the most aggressive carnivorous fish which hunt in groups and leave even a man as a skeleton within minutes, Bull shark (zambi) aggressive river shark found upstream, Arapaima the largest fresh water fish, Anaconda; the largest snake on earth which live of swamps and can swallow even a fully grown goat as such are just some of them.
If the origin and the course of this great river are so eventful how will be it at the time of its merger with the
The largest marine fluvial island on earth surrounded by fresh water although its north east coast in the