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Rivers and Reservoirs Near Northern Coast of South America

5.0N 54.9W

October 20th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Brazil - October 15th, 2011

This image stretches across Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana (left to right) as well as parts of Brazil (far right and below). The Amazon River can be seen crossing the lower right quadrant, carrying sediments towards the coast.

A large, dark blue lake, the Brokopondo Reservoir, can be observed in Suriname near the top center. It is officially named Professor Doctor Ingenieur W. J. van Blommestein Meer, and also called the Brokopondostuwmeer. It has a surface area of approximately 1,560 km² (602 mi²), depending on the current water level, it is one of the largest reservoirs in the world, flooding nearly one percent of the country.

Sediments in Amazon River Mouth and Along Shore of French Guiana and Amapá, Brazil

0.6N 49.8W

August 26th, 2011 Category: Rivers, Sediments

Brazil - August 25th, 2011

Dense brown sediments spill out of the mouth of the Amazon River and line the coastline of the Brazilian state of Amapá and French Guiana (upper left corner).

At 4,080 miles long, the Amazon is the second longest river in the world after the Nile.  It runs from the Andes Mountains in Peru through Brazil to the Atlantic Ocean. It contains more water than any other river in the world- more than the Mississippi, the Nile and the Yangtze combined. In one second the Amazon pours more than 55 million gallons, or 600,000 cubic meters of water, into the Atlantic Ocean, which dilutes the ocean’s saltiness for 100 miles from shore.


Disorganized Tropical Storm Erika Likely to Pass Near or Over Northern Leeward Islands

17.0N 63W

September 2nd, 2009 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Erika - September 1st, 2009

Tropical Storm Erika - September 1st, 2009

Enhanced image - September 1st, 2009

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Track of Erika - September 2nd, 2009 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Erika

As of 5:00 AM AST (0900 UTC) the poorly-defined center of Tropical Storm Erika was estimated to be about 280 miles (455 km) east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands.

Here, the islands are obscured; however, the mouth of the Amazon River and the northern coasts of Suriname, French Guiana and Brazil are visible south of the storm in the full image

Erika has been moving generally westward near 5 mph (7 km/hr) and a west-northwestward motion at a slightly faster forward speed is expected over the next day or two.

On the forecast track the center will pass near or over the northern Leeward Islands during the next day or so. Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius.

Erika is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches over the northern Leeward Islands during the next couple of days, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches.

Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/hr) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is possible during the next 24 hours. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 120 miles (195 km) mainly to the northeast of the center. Minimum central pressure is reportedly around 1005 mb (29.68 inches).