Pilcomayo River


Pilcomayo River
River, south-central South America.

The chief western tributary of the Paraguay River, it rises in the eastern Andes Mountains in west-central Bolivia. It flows southeast through the Gran Chaco of Paraguay to join the Paraguay River opposite Asunción, after about 1,000 mi (1,600 km). It forms part of the border between Argentina and Paraguay.

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Spanish  Río Pilcomayo  

      chief western tributary of the Paraguay River, south central South America. It rises in the eastern Andes Mountains, in Bolivia, and flows in a southeasterly direction through the Gran Chaco plains of Paraguay to join the Paraguay River opposite Asunción, after a course of 1,550 miles (2,500 km). Its lower course (about 410 miles), used for navigation by small craft, flows through a number of small channels separated by bars and shifts direction with each flood season. The Pilcomayo (Guaraní: “River of the Birds”) forms part of the international border (delimited in 1945) between Formosa Province (Argentina) and Paraguay. By the end of the 20th century, the river had become extremely polluted from mining industry waste.

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