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Argentina, from Mar Chiquita and Rio de la Plata to Patagonia – September 10th, 2010

35.4S 64.5W

September 10th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains, Rivers, Salt Flats, Sediments

Argentina - September 5th, 2010

Many important geographical features of Argentina can be observed here. Upon opening the full image, the Andes Mountains can be observed down the left edge.

In the upper right quadrant, one can see the brown, sediment-laden waters of the Rio de la Plata estuary. The sediments are carried into the estuary by the Uruguay (right) and Paraná (left) Rivers (best observed in full image).

In the upper left quadrant, Argentina’s largest saline lake, known as Mar Chiquita (meaning “Tiny Sea”), apears green in color. To its left are the whitish salt flats of the Salinas Grandes.

In the lower right quadrant, sediments turn the waters of the Atlantic Ocean a greenish color by Bahía Blanca. In the full image, the Valdes Peninsula can be seen along the coast to the south.

To the west, in the lower left quadrant, the Neuquén (above) and Limay (below) Rivers can be observed. Clustered around these rivers are several artificial lakes created by dams.

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