Río de la Plata, Buenos Aires

On the border of Argentina and Uruguay where the Uruguay River and the Paraná River meet is found the Río de la Plata (River of Silver or, alternatively, River Plate).  The Río de la Plata is more an estuary than a river, extending 180 miles to the ocean, varying from 1.2 miles wide in the interior to 140 miles wide at its mouth.  Because the river carries huge amounts of sediments from the interior of South America, the Río de la Plata is muddy and brown.  The capitals of both Argentina (Buenos Aires) and Uruguay (Montevideo) lie on the shores of the river, and Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur (South Waterfront Ecological Reserve) in Buenos Aires borders on the Río de la Plata.  From Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur, the Buquebus can be seen carrying passengers between Argentina and Uruguay and container ships such as the MSC Fiammetta (MSC = Mediterranean Shipping Company) can be seen carrying goods to Buenos Aires and other cities along the river.

Río de la Plata from Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur

Río de la Plata from Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur

SOURCE:  Río de la Plata from Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur (Buenos Aires, Argentina), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 04 Jan 2011.

The Shore of the Río de la Plata

The Shore of the Río de la Plata

SOURCE:  The Shore of the Río de la Plata (Buenos Aires, Argentina), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 04 Jan 2011.

Buquebus on the Río de la Plata

Buquebus on the Río de la Plata

SOURCE:  Buquebus on the Río de la Plata (Buenos Aires, Argentina), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 04 Jan 2011.

Freighter on the Río de la Plata

MSC Fiammetta on the Río de la Plata

SOURCE:  MSC Fiammetta on the Río de la Plata (Buenos Aires, Argentina), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 04 Jan 2011.

Copyright © 2011 by Stephen J. Danko

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