American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A river of east-central Peru and western Brazil flowing about 3,379 km (2,100 mi) generally northeast to the Amazon River.
- n. a Brazilian river; tributary of the Amazon River
“Of all these six rivers, the Purus is the most important.”
“He had no doubt but it was the same which, under the name of the "Purus," falls into the Amazon between the mouths of the Madeira and the Coary.”
“This phenomenon and the forests it creates are treated in the description of the Purus Várzea ecoregion.”
“The southwestern limit is before the lowest elevations of the Carauari Arch, an ancient zone of uplift, excluding the upper portions of the Juruá and Purus Rivers.”
“The flooded forests along these rivers are described in the Purus Várzea ecoregion and are not discussed here.”
“There are plans to complete the Transamazon Highway through this ecoregion from Lábrea on the Purus River to Tabatinga on the Peru-Brazil-Colombia border.”
“This ecoregion does not include the abundant riparian flooded várzea, which is described under the Purus varzea ecoregion.”
“The northern boundary traces the Rio Solimões (Amazon), and the southern follows the Rio Purus to the confluence with the Solimões, forming the eastern corner of the ecoregion.”
“The Juruá-Purus moist forest ecoregion lies in the western part of the Brazilian Amazon Basin between the Solimões (Amazon) and Purus Rivers.”
“These forests are described in the Purus Várzea ecoregion.”
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