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Serra da Mesa Reservoir Between Plateau and Araguaia River, Brazil

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May 15th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Brazil - May 1st, 2011

Lying between a plateau to the east (tan in color) and the Araguaia River to the west (in the midst of a green and brown wetlands area) is the reservoir of the Serra da Mesa Dam.

An embankment dam on the Tocantins River near Minaçu in Goiás, Brazil, the Serra da Mesa creates the largest reservoir by volume in Brazil, with a capacity of 54,400,000,000 m3 (1.92×1012 cu ft) and surface area of 1,784 km2 (689 sq mi).

Smoke Cloud West of Araguaia River, Brazil

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September 17th, 2010 Category: Fires

Smoke from Fires in Bolivia and Brazil - September 15th, 2010

Much of western South America remains veiled by a thick cloud of smoke from fires burning in Bolivia and Brazil. Here, the smoke is thickest on the left side of the image, over the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso.

Upon opening the full image, however, multiple individual plumes of smoke can be observed clustered around the Araguaia River. The river provides the border between Mato Grosso (west) and Tocantins (east), and appears here as a yellowish line running vertically down the right side of the image. Also visible in the full image is the mouth of the Amazon River, at the top.

Fires in Brazil Contribute to Cloud of Smoke from Bolivian Fires

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September 15th, 2010 Category: Fires

Brazil - September 14th, 2010

Fires burning in Brazilian states of Mato Grosso and Tocantins appear to be contributing to the hazy cloud of smoke fires in Bolivia have been producing over the last month.

Multiple plumes of smoke blowing to the southwest  can be seen here (individual plumes best observed in full image). The fires are situated  near the Araguaia River, by both its east and west banks. The river marks the border between Mato Grosso  (west) and Tocantins (east).

Fires West of Araguaia River, Brazil

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August 6th, 2010 Category: Fires, Rivers

Brazil - August 5th, 2010

Several fires in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso release whitish grey plumes of smoke in a westwardly direction, creating a haze over the green landscape.

The fires are situated west of the Araguaia River, which provides the border between Mato Grosso and the state of Tocantins, to the east. Further east lies the Tocantins River, along which several lakes can be observed.

The Araguaia River and Protected Areas in the Brazilian Amazon

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June 29th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Brazil - June 11th, 2009

Brazil - June 11th, 2009

The Araguaia River, visible as a vertical tan line on the right side of this image, is one of the major rivers of Brazil, and the principal tributary of the Tocantins. It has a total length of approximately 2,627 km.

Along its course, the river forms the border between the Brazilian federal states of Goiás, Mato Grosso, Tocantins and Pará. Here, most of the land visible is in Mato Grosso, west of the river, and Tocantins, east of the river.

The dark green and brown land around the Araguaia is a protected area for indigenous peoples, part of the Parque Indigena do Araguaia. On the far left, the dark green area of rainforest is also a protected national park, the Parque Nacional Xingu.

The parks were created with the twin objectives of protecting the environment and the indigenous populations of the area.

The land in the center of the image, however, is not protected and has been deforested and exploited for agriculture and grazing.