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Sediments Near Buenos Aires in Rio de la Plata Estuary – March 13th, 2010

34.6S 58.3W

March 13th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

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Sediments from the ParanĂ¡ and Uruguay Rivers color the Rio de la Plata estuary various shades of brown and tan as they make their way towards the Atlantic Ocean. An estimated 57 million cubic meters (2 billion cubic feet) of silt is carried into the estuary each year, where the muddy waters are stirred up by winds and the tides.

The city of Buenos Aires is visible towards the center left edge, appearing as an extensive greyish tan area that extends inward from the western shores of the estuary. Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina, currently the second-largest metropolitan area in South America. Upon opening the full image, the city of Montevideo, Uruguay, is also visible on the estuary’s eastern shores.

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