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The body of fresh water which drains into the Atlantic Ocean through the Río de la Plata river is the final stretch of a catchment basin of approximately three million square kilometres that comprises the most important fertile plain in South America. The coasts have different geological characteristics and the regimes of the shores are also different, due in part to the features of the two large tributaries and the physical effects resulting from the action of tides and winds. The Río de la Plata can be divided into three sections since each of them features a different physiognomy: the inner zone, or upper Río de la Plata, the middle zone or mid Río de la Plata, the outer zone or lower Río de la Plata. This brief description of the physical characteristics of the Río de la Plata provides its geographical dimension for better understanding of its legal regime.

Keywords: Atlantic ocean; geological characteristics; legal regime; Río de la Plata river; South America



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