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River, South America. The fifth largest river in South America, it is 1,584 mi (2,550 km) long and the principal tributary of the Paraná River. Rising in the Mato Grosso region of Brazil about 980 ft (300 m) above sea level, it crosses Paraguay to its confluence with the Paraná near the Argentine border. The Gran Chaco plain extends west from the river.
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