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Sediments from the Uruguay and Paraná Rivers in Rio de la Plata Estuary, Argentina and Uruguay – July 2nd, 2012

34.8S 57.5W

July 2nd, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

Argentina and Uruguay – June 25th, 2012

The Uruguay and Paraná Rivers and the sediments they carry join together in the upper left quadrant of this image to form the extremely silty Río de la Plata river and estuary on the border between Argentina and Uruguay. As the sediments flow through the 290 kilometre (180 mi) long funnel-shaped indentation of the estuary, they gradually diffuse into deeper waters approaching the Atlantic Ocean and become lighter in color. Visible on the shores of the estuary are Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina (left), and Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay (right).

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