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Mouth of Rio de la Plata, Argentina – March 6th, 2009

March 6th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Mouth of Rio de la Plata, Argentina - March 1st, 2009

Mouth of Rio de la Plata, Argentina - March 1st, 2009

Close-up of confluence of rivers and Buenos Aires

Close-up of confluence of rivers and Buenos Aires

The Río de la Plata, on the southeastern coastline of South America, is the widest estuary in the world.

It is created by the convergence of the Uruguay River and the Paraná River (visible in detail in the close-up).

The Uruguay River can be seen flowing horizontally, full of dark brown sediments, whereas the Paraná flows vertically and is tan in color.

In the full image, the cities of Buenos Aires, Argentina (center), and Montevideo, Uruguay (right) are visible on the banks of the estuary.

The part of the estuary near Buenos Aires is completely full of tan sediments.

One Response to “Mouth of Rio de la Plata, Argentina – March 6th, 2009”

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    Nikki :

    Does the tan sediments in the water mean there has been a lose of water and that is why there are so many sediments ? Because there was a flood along with a tornado in Buenos Aires just one year before this picture was taken.
    I am doing a school prject and must compare satellite images before and after a natural disaster so this information would be very helpful.

    Thank you

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