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The Rio de la Plata is an estuary 220 kilometers long and 35 to 230 kilometers wide. The upper river has a fresh-water environment where the Uruguay and Parana River systems converge. The Parana River is building a delta in the upper Rio de la Plata. The hydraulic system has an average yearly discharge of 25 × 103 cubic meters per second, which is controlled in part by wind and tidal action.

The mouth of this estuary is open to the sea. Because the tide, tidal currents, wind, and waves affect the fluvial discharge, the river flow is not...

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