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Sediments in Gulf of Venezuela and Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela – June 24th, 2011

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June 24th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Venezuela - June 21st, 2011

Sediments give the Gulf of Venezuela a greenish hue. Those near the Guajira Peninsula (left) are lighter in color than those entering the gulf from Lake Maracaibo (bottom).

The sediments and algae in the Lake Maracaibo, actually a large, brackish bay, are dark green. It is connected to the Gulf of Venezuela by Tablazo Strait (55km) at the northern end, and fed by numerous rivers, the largest being the Catatumbo.

 

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