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Confluence of Negro and Solimões Rivers by Manaus, Brazil

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September 16th, 2010 Category: Fires, Rivers

Smoke from Fires in Bolivia - September 14th, 2010

The Negro River (dark, upper left) and Solimões River (tan) cross the upper half of this image. The two rivers meet near Manáus, the capital of the state of Amazonas in Brazil.

Their confluence is quite particular, as the rivers’ different colored waters run side by side without mixing for about 6km due to differences in temperature, speed and water density.

The lower half of the image is partially veiled by smoke blowing northward from many fires in Bolivia and Brazil that have been burning over the last month.

Smoke Fires Bolivia from Manaus to Mar Chiquita

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August 29th, 2010 Category: Fires

Smoke from Fires in Bolivia - August 26th, 2010

The skies over huge expanses of land in South America continue to be choked by smoke from fires blazing in Bolivia. The thumbnail image focuses on the smoke over Bolivia, east of the Salar de Uyuni, the large white salt flat at the lower left edge), and the Andes Mountains.

Upon opening the full image, the cloud of smoke can be seen reaching from Manáus, Brazil, in the North, to near the salt flats of the Salinas Grandes and the green saline lake called Mar Chiquita, in Argentina, in the South.

Smoke from Fires in Bolivia, from Andes Mountains to Manaus – August 28th, 2010

August 28th, 2010 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains, Salt Flats

Smoke from Fires in Bolivia - August 25th, 2010

Fires in Bolivia have burned more than 3.7 milion acres (1.5 million hectares) in the past few weeks and are advancing “dangerously” in four of the nation’s nine states, reported the government’s news service.

A state of emergency has been declared in Bolivia’s Santa Cruz state, one of four states in the nation battling wildfires. In addition to Santa Cruz, the fires are burning large segments of Pando, Beni and La Paz states. The flames are fanned by high wind gusts and arid conditions caused by drought, officials said.

The thumbnail image focuses on the area near the border between Peru (below) and Bolivia (above). The Andes Mountains are preventing the smoke from spreading further south into Peru. Clearly visible south of the mountains are Lake Titicaca and the Salar de Uyuni. The full extent of the veil of smoke can be seen upon opening the full image, reaching northward all the way to Manáus, Brazil.

Rivers Running Through the Amazon Rainforest, Brazil

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September 29th, 2012 Category: Deforestation, Fires, Rivers

Brazil – September 1st, 2012

Rivers winding their way through Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest appear as tan lines due to the sediments they carry. Visible in the upper part of the image is the Amazon River, the world’s largest river by waterflow. The city of Manaus can be seen near the confluence of the Negro and Solimões (Amazon) Rivers.

Visible cutting diagonally across the lower part of the image is the Madeira River, the Amazon’s biggest tributary, with a length of about 3,250 km (2,020 mi). Some haze can be seen in the lower right quadrant, mostly south of the river. This is caused by smoke from fires, one of which is visible in the full image. As the fire is located near an area of deforestation, it may have been set in order to clear land for grazing, planting crops or human habitation.

Fires in Bolivia Release Smoke that Reaches from Northernwestern Brazil to Argentina

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September 13th, 2010 Category: Fires

Smoke from Fires in Bolivia - September 10th, 2010

Although rains during the first week of September gave Bolivia a brief respite from the fires burning in the country, the  return of dry weather has also brought about a return of the wildfires.

Upon opening the full image, smoke from the fires can be seen reaching from near Manáus, Brazil (obscured by clouds but situated near the river in the upper part of the image), across Bolivia, and all the way south to near Mar Chiquita, Argentina (the green lake just below the veil of smoke).