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Sun Glint on Rivers Crossing Amazon Rainforest, Brazil

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March 26th, 2013 Category: Rivers

Brazil – March 26th, 2013

The Amazon River and several of its tributaries can be seen flowing across this image, amidst the green vegetation of the Amazon Rainforest in the Brazilian state of Amazonas. The rivers appear silver in color due to sun glint. Despite the lush green of the vegetation visible here, the Amazon Biome is threatened by climate change and deforestation, resulting in the substitution of forests with savanna-like and semiarid vegetation in many areas.

Rivers Running Through the Amazon Rainforest, Brazil

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September 29th, 2012 Category: Deforestation, Fires, Rivers

Brazil – September 1st, 2012

Rivers winding their way through Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest appear as tan lines due to the sediments they carry. Visible in the upper part of the image is the Amazon River, the world’s largest river by waterflow. The city of Manaus can be seen near the confluence of the Negro and Solimões (Amazon) Rivers.

Visible cutting diagonally across the lower part of the image is the Madeira River, the Amazon’s biggest tributary, with a length of about 3,250 km (2,020 mi). Some haze can be seen in the lower right quadrant, mostly south of the river. This is caused by smoke from fires, one of which is visible in the full image. As the fire is located near an area of deforestation, it may have been set in order to clear land for grazing, planting crops or human habitation.

Fires Still Blazing Across Bolivia and Brazil

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September 14th, 2012 Category: Fires

Brazil – August 30th, 2012

Fires in South America punctuate the Bolivian (lower left quadrant) and Brazilian (upper half of image) landscapes with greyish white plumes of smoke, and contribute to a hazy veil that spreads across the Amazon Rainforest (top). It is likely that the fires were set by humans for agricultural purposes.

Fires Near Amazon River in Brazil

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September 3rd, 2012 Category: Rivers, Sediments

Brazil – August 27th, 2012

Wispy trails of smoke from fires in Brazil blow over the Amazon Rainforest. The Amazon River, fed by various tributaries, can be seen flowing across the middle of the image. It spills a dense load of sediments into the Atlantic Ocean through an exceptionally wide mouth, visible in the upper right quadrant.

Fires in Brazilian States of Pará and Amazonas

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August 21st, 2012 Category: Fires

Brazil – August 16th, 2012

Smoke from fires burning in the Amazon Rainforest hangs in the air over the Brazilian states of Pará (upper right) and Amazonas (upper left). Fires can also be seen to the south, in the state of Mato Grosso (lower center and right).