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Sunglint on Reservoir of Engineer Sérgio Motta Dam, Brazil

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February 8th, 2013 Category: Lakes

Brazil – January 22nd, 2013

Sunlight reflecting off the surface off the reservoir created by the Engineer Sérgio Motta Dam gives the lake a bright whitish-silver color. The sun glint also highlights the contours and irregular shoreline of parts of the reservoir. The dam, formerly known as the Porto Primavera Dam, is an embankment dam on the Paraná River near Rosana in São Paulo, Brazil. It was constructed between 1980 and 1999 for hydroelectric power production, flood control and navigation. At 11.380 km (7.071 mi) in length, it is the longest dam in Brazil. The 22 m (72 ft) tall dam creates a reservoir with a 19.9 km3 (4.8 cu mi) capacity and surface area of 2,250 km2 (870 sq mi).

Dams Along the Paraná River, Brazil

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June 16th, 2012 Category: Rivers

Brazil - May 8th, 2012

The wide, greenish-blue line crossing this image of Brazil diagonally is the Paraná River. Here, the river appears widest and most blue in color behind the Engineer Sérgio Motta Dam, formerly known as the Porto Primavera Dam, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil.

South of the dam, the river forms a natural boundary between Paraguay and Brazil until the confluence with the Iguazu River. Shortly upstream from this confluence, however, the river is dammed by the Itaipu Dam, the second largest hydroelectric power station in the world (after the Three Gorges Dam in the People’s Republic of China), and creating another massive, shallow reservoir behind it.

After merging with the Iguazu, the Paraná then becomes the natural border between Paraguay and Argentina. Here, the outline of Argentina’s Misiones Province is clearly visible as it is darker green than the surrounding land in Paraguay (west) and Brazil (east).

Paraná River Running from Brazil to Argentina

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December 18th, 2011 Category: Rivers

Brazil - December 18th, 2011

The Paraná River (running parallel to left edge) is a river in south Central South America, running through Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina for some 4,880 kilometres (3,030 mi). It is second in length only to the Amazon River among South American rivers.

It merges first with the Paraguay River and then farther downstream with the Uruguay River to form the Río de la Plata (partially visible at the lower left edge of the full image) and empties into the Atlantic Ocean. The stretch of the Paraná River in Brazil appears very wide due to the reservoir created by the Engineer Sérgio Motta Dam.

Also of note is the city of São Paulo, appearing as a tan area near the coast in the upper right quadrant of the image. The water of the Atlantic Ocean near the city appears white due to sun glint.

Reservoir on Paraná River Behind Eng. Sérgio Motta Dam, Brazil

22.5S 53W

October 15th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Brazil - October 7th, 2011

This stretch of the Paraná River in Brazil appears very wide due to the reservoir created by the Engineer Sérgio Motta Dam. Formerly known as the Porto Primavera Dam, it is an embankment dam on the Paraná River near Rosana in São Paulo, Brazil.

The dam was constructed between 1980 and 1999 for hydroelectric power production, flood control and navigation. At 11.380 km (7.071 mi) in length, it is the longest dam in Brazil. The 22 m (72 ft) tall dam creates a reservoir with a 19.9 km3 (4.8 cu mi) capacity and surface area of 2,250 km2 (870 sq mi).