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Green Vegetation of Misiones Province, Argentina and Wildfire in Paraguay

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March 31st, 2010 Category: Fires, Rivers

Argentina - March 5th, 2010

Argentina - March 5th, 2010

Misiones is one of the 23 provinces of Argentina, located in the northeastern corner of the country. It is surrounded by Paraguay to the northwest, Brazil to the north, east and south, and Corrientes Province of Argentina to the southwest.

Here, the land belonging to Misiones can be distinguished from Argentina’s other neighbors due to its dark green color. Across the border with Paraguay, a wildfire is visible releasing smoke to the south-southwest.

The Misiones Plateau includes a part of Brazil across the border. The rocks contain significant quantities of iron which forms a part of the soil, giving it a reddish color. At the center of the plateau rises the Sierra de Misiones, its highest peak, 843 m, near Bernardo de Irigoyen, in the Cerro Rincón.

The province is embraced by three big rivers including the Paraná, Uruguay and Iguazú. Iguazu Falls are spectacular waterfalls on the Iguazú River in the northwest corner of the province, near the city of Puerto Iguazú. Misiones shares the falls with the Brazilian state of Paraná.

The subtropical climate has no dry season, which makes Misiones one of the most humid provinces in Argentina. The vegetation is the so called “Selva Misionera”.

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