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Itaipu and Rio Yguazú Reservoirs in Brazil and Paraguay

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April 4th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Brazil - February 23rd, 2010

Brazil - February 23rd, 2010

The Itaipu and Rio Yguazú Reservoirs, golden tan in color due to sediments, can be observed in the lower right quadrant of this image that spans Paraguay and southern Brazil.

The Itaipu Reservoir, on a horizontal axis along the lower right edge, was created by the Itaipu hydroelectric dam on the Paraná River, located on the border between Brazil and Paraguay.

The Rio Yguazú Reservoir, situated almost at a right angle from its horizontally flowing neighbor to the east, is located in the Alto Paraná department of Paraguay.

Alto Paraná has a combination of valleys with streams that come from the Paraná River. The lands near the banks of the Paraná River have forests, which are in trouble nowadays because of the indiscriminate deforestation. However, some reforestation programs have been enacted and replant various species of pine.

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