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The Pantanal Tropical Wetland in Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay

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July 26th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay - April 16th, 2010

Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay - April 16th, 2010

The lower half of this image shows part of the Pantanal, a tropical wetland. It is actually the world’s largest wetland of any kind, sprawling over an area estimated at between 140,000 square kilometers (54,000 sq mi) and 195,000 square kilometers (75,000 sq mi).

It lies mostly within the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul but extends into Mato Grosso as well as into portions of Bolivia and Paraguay. Parts of all of these can be observed here.

Eighty percent of the Pantanal floodplains are submerged during the rainy seasons; most rainfall occurs between November and March. This image was taken in April, after the end of this extremely wet period.

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