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Agriculture and Mennonite Colonies in Paraguay

22.3S 60W

October 18th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Paraguay - August 25th, 2009

Paraguay - August 25th, 2009

Populated and agricultural areas dot the plains east of the Andes Mountains (left edge) in western Paraguay and northwestern Argentina.

The Paraguayan land, covering the upper half of the image, north of the Pilcomayo River, is part of the department of Boquerón. It is the country’s largest department, with an area of 91,669 km2 (35,394 sq mi), but its population is only 45,617 (2002 census).

The department includes the Russian Mennonite colonies of Fernheim, Menno and its administrative center Loma Plata and Neuland. The capital is Filadelfia. These cities are all clustered in the large tan area to the east, on the Paraguayan Chaco.

The western region of which Boquerón is part, with two percent of the Paraguayan population, produces nearly the 65% of the milk and meat of the country. High agricultural output is linked to the advanced technology and industry of the Mennonite settlements.

Toulouse and the Forest of Bouconne, North of the Pyrenees in France

43.6N 1.4E

October 18th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

France - September 29th, 2009

France - September 29th, 2009

The Pyrenees Mountains mark the border between France (above) and Spain (below).  Here, at the end of summer, little snow is visible on the peaks and there are few clouds.

In French territory on the left, green lines fan outwards from the foot of the Pyrenees. These are rows of hills interspersed by agricultural areas. To the right, near the top, a dark green area stands out among the surrounding golden fields. This is the Forest of Bouconne, near the city of Toulouse, appearing as a greyish area east of the woods.

The Penner River and Pulicat Lake, India

13.5N 80.1E

October 18th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

India - September 24th, 2009

India - September 24th, 2009

Greenish sediments line the east coast of India near the estuary of the Penner River (above) and Pulicat Lake (below). Here, the tan-colored Penner flows eastward across the plain of Coastal Andhra, where it empties into the Bay of Bengal 15 km east of Nellore at a place called Utukuru. The estuary of the Penner River extends 7km upstream from the Bay of Bengal.

Pulicat Lake, straddling the border of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh states on the Coromandal Coast, is the second largest brackish-water lake or lagoon in India. The lake is separated from the Bay of Bengal by the barrier island of Sriharikota, which is home to the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.