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Sediments from Paraíba do Sul Along Coast of Brazil

April 16th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Brazil - April 13th, 2009

Brazil - April 13th, 2009

Bright green sediments blanket the shoreline of this coastal area in southeast Brazil, in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

Some are being discharged by the Paraíba do Sul, a river that flows 1,120 kilometres west to northeast from its source at the junction of the Paraitinga and Paraibuna rivers to the sea near Campos.

Its main tributaries are the rivers Jaguari, Buquira, Paraibuna, Preto, Pomba and Muriaé. These last two are the longest and join the main river 140 kilometres and 50 kilometres from the mouth respectively.

In one place, a darker, brownish stream of sediments flows outward from the coast. These are coming from a canal connected to Lagoa Feia (literally “ugly lake”), mostly covered by clouds in the image.

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