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Rainforest Vegetation Near Mouth of Amazon River, Brazil

1.4S 51.6W

December 19th, 2009 Category: Climate Change, Rivers

Brazil - November 17th, 2009

Brazil - November 17th, 2009

The majority of the land visible in this FAPAR image of Brazil near the mouth of the Amazon River, is part of the states of Amapá (west of the river) and Pará (east of the river). The habitat of both states is mostly tropical rainforest. The State of Amapá has the lowest rate of loss of its original vegetation of any Brazilian state: only 2%.

In FAPAR images, the color spectrum over land runs from red (1.0), to green, to yellow and white (0.0), while bodies of water, such as the Amazon River, appear blue. Green to dark red areas indicate the presence of good to high photosynthetic activity, while white to yellow areas indicate none to low activity. Some cloud-covered patches, however, do appear white as well.

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