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Ash From Soufrière Hills Volcano in the Lesser Antilles, North of Venezuela – February 20th, 2010

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February 20th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Volcanoes

Venezuela - February 12th, 2010

Venezuela - February 12th, 2010

Brown sediments spill from the mouth of the Orinoco River into the Delta Amacuro and the Gulf of Paría, off the coast of Venezuela. To the south, there is a variety of landscapes,  including rainforest, the extreme northeastern extensions of the Andes that reach into the country’s northwest and continue along the northern Caribbean coast, and the llanos, extensive plains that stretch from the Colombian border in the far west to the Orinoco River delta in the east.

To the north are the islands of the Lesser Antilles, also known as the Caribbees. The Lesser Antilles are part of the Antilles, which together with the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Greater Antilles form the West Indies. The islands are a long partly volcanic island arc, most of which wrap around the eastern end of the Caribbean Sea on the western boundary with the Atlantic Ocean, and some of which lie on the southern fringe of the sea just north of South America.

Along the top edge, best observed in the full image, is a cloud of gas and ash from a partial dome collapse of the Soufrière Hills volcano on Montserrat. The collapse occured on February 11th, 2010, the day before this image was taken, at 16:35 local time. The island is situated just north of the plume of ash, capped by whitish clouds, while winds carry the ash to the east and west.

The Orinoco River Empyting into the Gulf of Paría Between Venezuela and Trinidad – October 28th, 2009

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October 28th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Venezuela - September 29th, 2009

Venezuela - September 29th, 2009

Muddy brown sediments pour forth from the mouth of the Orinoco River, in Venezuela, into the Delta Amacuro and the Gulf of Paría, reaching north-northwestward towards the island of Trinidad (upper left).

The Gulf of Paria is a 7800 km2 (3000 square mile) shallow inland sea between the island of Trinidad (Republic of Trinidad and Tobago) and the east coast of Venezuela. This sheltered body of water is considered to be one of the best natural harbours on the Atlantic coast of the Americas.

The Gulf of Paria is a brackish water body – wet season salinities are below 23 ppt (parts per thousand). The extensive mangroves along the Venezuelan and Trinidad coastlines are important wildlife habitat and probably play a crucial role in regional fisheries. The Gulf itself is also an important fishery.

Delta Amacuro, Venezuela: the Mouth of the Orinoco River

April 27th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Orinoco River, Venezuela - April 13th, 2009

Orinoco River, Venezuela - April 13th, 2009

The mouth of the Orinoco River, lower right, discharges dark brown and tan sediments of the coast of Venezuela, southeast of the archipelagic nation of Trinidad and Tobago, near the upper center.

The Orinoco is one of the longest rivers in South America at 2,140 km, (1,330 miles). Its drainage basin, sometimes called the Orinoquia, covers 880,000 km², with 76.3% in Venezuela with the rest in Colombia.

The Orinoco empties into the Gulf of Paría and the Atlantic Ocean at Delta Amacuro, a very large delta (some 22.500 km²,  200 km long and 370 km at its widest).

This wide delta branches off into hundreds of rivers and waterways that flow through 41,000 km² of swampy forests.