Rio de la Plata

The photo above shows the Rio de la Plata river taken with a fisheye lens in the evening twilight from near Buenos Aires, Argentina.    Photographer Luis Argerich

The Rio de la Plata is the sediment-laden estuary of the Parana and Uruguay Rivers. Some geologists and hydrologists consider this body of water to be a marginal sea while others believe it’s simply an extremely large river mouth — perhaps the widest on Earth. The distance from one shore (Argentina) to the other (Uruguay) is more than 125 mi (200 km).

Note Venus gleaming at top center and the city lights of Buenos Aires visible at far right. Photo taken on May 28, 2011.


Rio de la Plata

Rio de la PlataThe Río de la Plata (River of Silver)—sometimes rendered River Plate in British English and the Commonwealth, and occasionally rendered [La] Plata River in other English-speaking countries—is the river and estuary formed by the confluence of the Uruguay River and the Paraná River on the border between Argentina and Uruguay. It is a funnel-shaped indentation on the southeastern coastline of South America, about 290 kilometres (180 mi) long.

The Río de la Plata widens from about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) at the inner part to about 220 kilometres (140 mi) at its mouth.It forms part of the border between Argentina and Uruguay, with the major ports and capital cities of Buenos Aires and Montevideo on its western and northern shores, respectively. The coasts of the Río de la Plata are the most densely populated areas of Argentina and Uruguay.