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Ecuador, from Coast to Mountains to Rainforest

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March 23rd, 2011 Category: Mountains

Ecuador – March 22nd, 2011

The country of Ecuador is often covered in clouds, as it, true to its name, lies along the Equator in South America. Here, however, despite some partial cloud cover above the Andes Mountains, much of the country can be observed.

The coastal areas, or La Costa, are particularly visible. One of Ecuador’s three main geographic regions, they comprise the low-lying land in the western part of the country, including the Pacific coastline.

The other two regions are somewhat obscured by clouds. They are the highlands, or La Sierra, the high-altitude belt dominated by the Andes running north-south along the centre of the country, and La Amazonía, the Amazon rainforest areas in the eastern part of the country.

Poechos Reservoir by Peru-Ecuador Border

November 12th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Peru - August 27th, 2010

The body of water in the center of this APM image is the Poechos Reservoir, a middle-sized reservoir on Peru’s Chira River in the border area between Peru and Ecuador. Its purpose is to improve the accumulation of water stocks in the upper part of Peru’s Chira basin by flood control, irrigation, drainage and electricity generation.

The Poechos Reservoir is situated in the northernmost part of Peru, in the lower flow of the rivers Chira and Piura, about 50 km north of Piura, the capital of the Piura Region. It is located at an altitude of 98 m in the Lancones district of the province of Sullana, approximately 30 km from the border with Ecuador.

While the terrain around the reservoir appears lower, some mountains can be seen to the north. In the full image, the land appears even flatter towards the south, although the peninsula on which the Port of Bayóvar is located shows hillier terrain.

Varied Ecosystems of Peru and Ecuador’s Tumbes Region

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November 9th, 2010 Category: Mountains, Rivers

Peru and Ecuador - August 27th, 2010

This APM image focuses on Tumbes, a coastal region in northwestern Peru and southwestern Ecuador. The Tumbes Region is bordered by the Ecuadorian provinces of El Oro and Loja on the east; Peru’s Piura Region on the south; and by the Pacific Ocean on the north and west.

Despite its small area, this region has a great variety of ecosystems. Morphologically, four zones can be defined in the region: the delta of the Tumbes and Zarumilla rivers; an alluvial plain north of the Tumbes River, with dry, low-depth ravines; ancient terraces that have been strongly eroded in the Máncora area; and the Amotape mountain range in the east and south, ending at El Barco Mountain. Many of the peaks of this range can be observed in lower part of the full image.

Smoke by Peru-Ecuador Border

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September 26th, 2010 Category: Fires

Smoke from Fires in Bolivia - September 21st, 2010

Smoke from fires in Bolivia continues  to hang over the land east of the Andes Mountains in large areas of South America. This image focuses on the area by the border of Peru and Ecuador.

The veil of smoke gives the usually dark green Amazon Rainforest a lighter greyish green color. To the north, the skies over the rainforest are dotted with clouds. Some cloudless parts appear as thick greenish lines, however, following the path of rivers.

Smoke from Fires in Bolivia Blows Northwest Over Peru and Ecuador

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September 14th, 2010 Category: Fires

Smoke from Fires in Bolivia - September 12th, 2010

Fires burning in Bolivia continue to dispel smoke over nearby countries in South America. Here, the smoke can be seen spreading over Peru and Ecuador.

Bolivia’s fire emergency developed because of agricultural fires that began to burn out of control due to extreme drought. The dryness has been so extreme that even the country’s rainforests are vulnerable.