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Ilha Grande Off Coast of Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil – December 20th, 2011

23.1S 44.2W

December 20th, 2011 Category: Image of the day

Brazil - December 19th, 2011

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows Ilha Grande, an island located off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, and part of the municipality of Angra dos Reis. The land area is 193 km² and the highest point is Pico da Pedra D’Água, at 1031 m.

Ilha Grande is one of the most pristine remnants of Brazil’s Atlantic rainforest, one of the richest ecosystems in the world, and a hotspot for biodiversity and conservation. It holds some of the largest remaining populations of many endangered species. The entire island is a protected area, with most of its territory included in Ilha Grande State Park.

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