Deforestation Near the Rio Branco and Brazil-Venezuela Border – February 23rd, 20102.8N 60.6W
The Rio Branco (in English, White River), which does indeed appear white here due to sun glint, is the principal affluent of the Rio Negro (in English, Black River) from the north; it is enriched by many streams from the sierras which separate Venezuela and Guyana from Brazil.
Here, it can be seen flowing from Venezuela (top right corner) southward into and across Brazil. Some areas of deforestation are visible in the full image, east of the river and below the border.
The Branco flows nearly south, and finds its way into the Negro through several channels and a chain of lagoons similar to those of the latter river. It is 350 miles (560 km) long, up to its Urariquira confluence. It has numerous islands, and, 235 miles (378 km) above its mouth, it is broken by a series of difficult rapids.