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The Orinoco River
Venezuela in South America is home to the Orinoco River. The river starts high in the mountains of central Venezuela, and by the time it reaches the bottom of the valley it has become a torrential flow of water. It travels 2,100km from its source before it reaches the sea. Tropical forests make travelling on land difficult so the river is used for transport. The Piaroa people have lived their traditional lifestyle by the Orinoco for thousands of years. The men fish while the women grow vegetables, including the yucca, and prepare food. The Orinoco delta is a region of wild forests and mangrove swamps. It is a haven for wildlife. Industry has polluted most of the world's rivers but the Orinoco remains one of the most beautiful and unspoiled rivers in the world.
This clip supports learning about the various stages of a river from its source to the sea. It also provides useful details about how the river supports the lives of people and wildlife. As there are no signs of pollution on the Orinoco this clip could be useful for comparison with more heavily polluted rivers.
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