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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.

From the Northern Coast of South America to the Meeting of the Waters, Brazil

3.1S 60W

September 26th, 2011 Category: Rivers

Brazil - August 16th, 2011

This image stretches from the northenern coastline of South America, including Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, across the Brazilian state of Roraima to the state of Amazonas.

Visible near the lower edge is the Amazon River. In the lower left corner, near the city of Manaus, the Meeting of Waters (Portuguese: Encontro das Águas) can be observed. It is the confluence between the Rio Negro, a river with dark (almost black coloured) water, and the sandy-coloured Amazon River or Rio Solimões, as it is known the upper section of the Amazon in Brazil. For 6 km (3.7 mi) the river’s waters run side by side without mixing. It is one of the main tourist attractions of Manaus, Brazil.

This phenomenon is due to the differences in temperature, speed and water density of the two rivers. The Rio Negro flows at near 2 km per hour at a temperature of 28°C, while the Rio Solimões flows between 4 to 6 km per hour a temperature of 22°C.

Corantyne and Berbice Rivers, Suriname and Guyana

4.2N 58W

January 7th, 2011 Category: Rivers

Guyana and Suriname - December 30th, 2010

This APM image shows the Corantyne River (right) running along the border between Suriname (right) and Guyana (left). It originates in the Acarai Mountains and flows northward for approximately 724 km (450 miles) between Guyana and Suriname.

A second river, the Berbice, can be observed on the left side of the image. It is located in eastern Guyana, flowing northward for 370 miles (595 km) through dense forests to the coastal plain.

Oko River and Northwestern Guyana

7.0N 59.4W

December 9th, 2010 Category: Rivers

Guyana - December 8th, 2010

This APM image focuses on northern Guyana. The land by the Atlantic coast belongs to the Barima-Waini Region of Essequibo, Guyana, a territory in dispute by Guyana and Venezuela. It covers an area of 20,339 km².

The Atlantic coast features a number of beaches, some of which serve as nesting-grounds for marine turtles. The northern and northeastern sections include thousands of acres of rich alluvial soil.

In the full image, part of the Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region is also visible to the south. This region covers an area of 47,213 km². Towards the bottom of the full image, the Oko River, a tributary of the Wenamu River, can be seen crossing the region.

Essequibo and Corentyne Rivers, Guyana and Suriname

September 20th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Guyana, Suriname and Brazil - August 25th, 2009

Guyana, Suriname and Brazil - August 25th, 2009

The Essequibo and Corentyne Rivers spill muddy brown sediments into the Atlantic Ocean off the north coast of South America. The coastline here belongs to Guyana (left) and Suriname (right), while the land towards the bottom edge is Brazilian territory.

The Essequibo (left of center) is the longest river in Guyana, and the largest river between the Orinoco and Amazon. Rising in the Acarai Mountains near the Brazil-Guyana border, the Essequibo flows to the north for 1000 km through forest and savanna into the Atlantic.

The Corentyne River (center), which also originates in the Acarai Mountains, is the second longest river in Guyana. It flows northward from its source for approximately 724 km (450 miles) between Guyana and Suriname, emptying into the Atlantic Ocean near Corriverton, Guyana and Nieuw Nickerie, Suriname.