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Mountains and Plains of Colombia’s Nariño Department

1.9N 78.1W

December 20th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Colombia - December 1st, 2009

Colombia - December 1st, 2009

Nariño is a department of Colombia stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Andes Mountains, visible in the lower portions of this orthorectified image. Nariño is located in the west of the country in the Pacific Region, bordering Ecuador.

The Pacific Region is located on Colombia’s western, Pacific coast, and covers an area of 83,170 km². It extends from the Gulf of Urabá in the north to the border with Ecuador in the south, and includes part of the departments of Nariño, Cauca, Valle de Cauca and Antioquia, and the whole of the department of Chocó.

This region is distinguished by its high humidity. Precipitation is among the highest in the world, with an average of 4,000 mm per year and some areas that receive as much as 12,000 mm per year. These high levels of precipitation support a number of rivers, including the Atrato River, San Juan River, Patia River, Baudo River and Mira River.

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