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BRANCO, or PARIMA

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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 419 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BRANCO, or PARIMA, a river of northern Brazil and tributary of the Rio Negro, formed by the confluence of the Takuti, or " Upper Rio Branco," and Uraricoera, about 3° N. lat. and 6o° 28' W. long., and flowing south by west to a junction with the Negro. It has rapids in its upper course, but the greater part of its length of 348 M. is navigable for steamers of light draught. The Takutu rises in the Roraima and Coirrit ranges on the Guiana frontier, while the Uraricoera rises in the Serra de Parima, on the Venezuelan frontier, and has a length of 36o m. before reaching the Branco. These are white water rivers, from which the Branco (white) derives its name, and at its junction with the Negro the two differently-coloured streams flow side by side for some distance before mingling.
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