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Rio de Janeiro and Niteroi on the Shores of Guanabara Bay, Brazil – December 19th, 2011

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December 19th, 2011 Category: Image of the day

Brazil - December 19th, 2011

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows the cities of Rio de Janeiro (left) and Niteroi (right) on the shores of Guanabara Bay. The large island in the upper part of the bay is Ilha do Governador.

Multiple ships and oil platforms can be seen in the bay and in the Atlantic Ocean near the bay’s entrance. Visible along the Atlantic shoreline southwest of the bay are famous beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema.

Rio de Janeiro is the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city of Brazil, and the third largest metropolitan area and agglomeration in South America, boasting approximately 6.3 million people within the city proper, making it the 6th largest in the Americas, and 26th in the world.

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