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Fires Northeast of Mar Chiquita, Argentina – April 19th, 2013

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April 19th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Argentina – April 18th, 2013

Plumes of smoke from fires can be seen in northern Argentina, northeast of the Mar Chiquita (lower left), in the province of Córdoba, and west of the Paraná River (right). In the full image, the precise locations of the fires are indicated by square markers.

Fires North of Reservoir of Yacyretá Dam, Paraguay

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April 18th, 2013 Category: Fires, Lakes

Paraguay – April 17th, 2013

Multiple plumes of smoke from fires in Paraguay can be seen north of the reservoir created by the Yacyretá Dam. The dam, also known as the Jasyretâ-Apipé Hydroelectric Power Station, is a dam and hydroelectric power plant built over the waterfalls of Jasyretâ-Apipé in the Paraná River, between the Argentine Province of Corrientes and the Paraguayan City of Ayolas.

Lagoons and Wetlands in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina

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April 7th, 2013 Category: Fires, Lakes, Wetlands

Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina – April 6th, 2013

Several bodies of water can be observed in this image of southern Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. Near the coast are two lagoons: Lagoa dos Patos, in Brazil, and Lagoa Merim/Laguna Merín, shared by Brazil and Uruguay. There is a strong presence of sediments in both lakes.

In the upper left quadrant of the image are the Esteros del Iberá, or Iberá Wetlands, a mix of swamps, bogs, stagnant lakes, lagoons, natural slough and courses of water in the center and center-north of the province of Corrientes, Argentina. The Esteros are the second-largest wetlands in world after Pantanal in Brazil. They are of pluvial origin, with a total area 15,000 to 20,000 km². A fire can be seen near this wetlands area, releasing a white plume of smoke towards the south.

Bodies of Water and Phytoplankton, Argentina

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March 28th, 2013 Category: Lakes, Phytoplankton, Rivers

Argentina – March 27th, 2013

Several bodies of water can be seen in this image of Argentina. In the upper left quadrant is the Mar Chiquita, a salt lake in the province of Córdoba, southeast of the white salt flats of the Salinas Grandes. Flowing down from the top right quadrant are the Uruguay and Paraná Rivers, which converge to form the wide, sediment-filled estuary of the Río de la Plata. Continuing south down the coast, a phytoplankton bloom, possibly mixed with sediments, can be seen near the bottom edge.

Climate Change in Patagonia, Argentina

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March 22nd, 2013 Category: Climate Change

Argentina – March 21st, 2013

Most focus on climate change in Argentina has been in the north, where impacts are more noticeable. However, new studies also show how changes in the south, particularly in the Patagonian province of Chubut, are also likely to be significant.

Increasing temperature and decreasing rainfall in northwest Chubut are shifting the patterns of agricultural viability. Predominant patterns of cattle and sheep farming are likely to face increasing shortages of dry season grazing. Natural forests and existing and planned plantations are also likely to face increasing aridity—exacerbating the risk of dieback, forest fires and pest and disease outbreaks.

Water shortage is likely to become an increasingly pressing concern—especially with the heavy reliance on hydropower, major development plans for irrigated agriculture and forestry, heavy technological demands from the petrochemical industry for water pressure to drive oil extraction, and the importance of aquatic environments for regional tourism (click here for more information).