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Sediment-Laden Paraná and Uruguay Rivers, Argentina and Uruguay

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April 13th, 2010 Category: Rivers, Sediments

Argentina - March 5th, 2010

Argentina - March 5th, 2010

The Paraná and Uruguay Rivers cross the landscape of Argentina and Uruguay as they flow towards the Rio de la Plata estuary. The Paraná River (left) appears tan in color, while the Uruguay River (right, best observed in full image) appears dark brown. The latter marks the border between Uruguay (east) and Argentina (west).

The Paraná River runs through Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina for some 2,570 kilometers (1,600 miles), although here only its southernmost section in Argentina can be seen.
South of Argentina’s border with Paraguay, from the confluence with the Paraguay River, the Paraná turns to the south for another approximately 820 km (510 miles) through Argentina.

In the full image, it can be seen beginning to make its slow turn back to the east near the city of Rosario for the final stretch of less than 500 km (310 miles), before merging with the Uruguay River to form the Río de la Plata and emptying into the Atlantic Ocean. Towards the end of its course, it splits into several arms and forms the Paraná Delta, a long flood plain which reaches up to 60 km in width.

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