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Rivers and Reservoirs Near Northern Coast of South America

5.0N 54.9W

October 20th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Brazil - October 15th, 2011

This image stretches across Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana (left to right) as well as parts of Brazil (far right and below). The Amazon River can be seen crossing the lower right quadrant, carrying sediments towards the coast.

A large, dark blue lake, the Brokopondo Reservoir, can be observed in Suriname near the top center. It is officially named Professor Doctor Ingenieur W. J. van Blommestein Meer, and also called the Brokopondostuwmeer. It has a surface area of approximately 1,560 km² (602 mi²), depending on the current water level, it is one of the largest reservoirs in the world, flooding nearly one percent of the country.

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