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Sunglint Highlighting Rivers in Amazon Rainforest and Lake Titicaca, South America

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November 1st, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Bolivia, Peru, Brazil - October 30th, 2011

Rivers in the Amazon Rainforest appear silver in color due to sunglint, making their paths across the Brazilian state of Amazonas (above), Peru (left) and Bolivia (right) easy to discern.

Also silvery in color from the sun’s reflection is Lake Titicaca (lower right), on the Peru-Bolivia border. The lake is located at the northern end of the endorheic Altiplano basin high in the Andes. The western part of the lake lies within the Puno Region of Peru, and the eastern side is located in the Bolivian La Paz Department.

Irregular Shoreline of Lake Titicaca, Peru and Bolivia – May 9th, 2011

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May 9th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Bolivia and Peru - May 1st, 2011

Lake Titicaca is a lake located on the border of Peru and Bolivia. It sits 3,811 m (12,500 ft) above sea level, making it the highest commercially navigable lake in the world.

By volume of water, it is also the largest lake in South America (Lake Maracaibo has a larger surface area, but it is often disregarded as it is directly connected to the sea).

The lake is located at the northern end of the endorheic Altiplano basin high in the Andes on the border of Peru and Bolivia. The western part of the lake lies within the Puno Region of Peru, and the eastern side is located in the Bolivian La Paz Department.

The irregular shoreline in both countries can be easily observed here thanks to the contrast of the navy blue waters against the surrounding tan landscape.

 

La Paz, Surrounded by the Bolivian Altiplano – September 12th, 2009

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September 12th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Bolivia - August 31st, 2009

Bolivia - August 31st, 2009

Located high above sea level in the valleys of the Andes, the city of La Paz sits in a bowl surrounded by the high altiplano, clearly visible in this orthorectified image.

La Paz, as it grows, climbs the hills resulting in varying elevations from 3000 to 4100 m. Overlooking the city is towering triple-peaked Illimani, always snow covered.

The city of La Paz is the administrative capital of Bolivia, as well as the departmental capital of La Paz Department. Located at an average altitude of 3,660 metres (12,008 ft), it is the world’s highest capital city.

Hurricane Norbert – October 13th, 2008

October 13th, 2008 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Storms

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Hurricane Norbert - October 10th, 2008

Hurricane Norbert - image enhanced

Hurricane Norbert - image enhanced

Hurricane Norbert struck Mexico’s Baja California peninsula on Saturday with torrential rains and winds of up to 155 km/h. Strong winds bent palm trees along coastal areas. Some streets were in knee-deep water in the town of Puerto San Carlos. Norbert was ripping off roofs, knocking down trees and left one person missing and more than 20,000 homes without electricity, local authorities say. Some 2850 people were housed in temporary shelters. Forty per cent of homes were totally or partially damaged on the islands of Margarita and Magdalena, mainly having lost their roofs, said a report from state protection services. La Paz international airport suspended its activities at midday local time Saturday, but the tourist resort of Los Cabos remained open. Hotel reservations were down by around 40 per cent mainly in Los Cabos and Loreto, local tourism officials said.

Norbert was a Category 2 hurricane at landfall, which made Norbert the first October hurricane to strike the Baja California peninsula since Hurricane Pauline forty years prior, and Norbert was the stronger of the two.

source Wikipedia