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Smoke and Fires in Brazilian States of Amazonas, Pará, Mato Grosso and Rondônia

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September 8th, 2012 Category: Fires

Brazil – August 26th, 2012

Fires are burning across central Brazil. Here, the upper half of the image is covered by a veil of smoke intermingled with popcorn clouds, while multiple individual blazes can be spotted in a horizontal line across the middle of the image. The fires are located near the borders of the states of Amazonas, Pará, Mato Grosso and Rondônia (clockwise from upper left quadrant). The plumes of smoke they are emitting blow in a generally westerly direction.

Fires and Deforestation in Pará, Brazil

August 22nd, 2012 Category: Fires

Brazil – August 20th, 2012

Smoke from fires in Brazil hovers over the Amazon Rainforest in the upper part of this image. The largest fire, near the image center, is located in the state of Pará. Most of the tan lines in herringbone patterns across the green landscape are signs of deforestation.

Fires in Brazilian States of Pará and Amazonas

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August 21st, 2012 Category: Fires

Brazil – August 16th, 2012

Smoke from fires burning in the Amazon Rainforest hangs in the air over the Brazilian states of Pará (upper right) and Amazonas (upper left). Fires can also be seen to the south, in the state of Mato Grosso (lower center and right).

Marajó Archipelago in Amazon River Mouth, Brazil

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September 27th, 2011 Category: Sediments

Brazil - September 7th, 2011

Several islands can be observed in the delta lowlands at the mouth of the Amazon in the state of Pará, Brazil. The islands form part of the low-lying marajó várzea, the inundated land in and around the mouth of the Amazon River.

The islands offer an excellent place to observe the tidal bore called the pororoca, where the Amazon river waters meet the incoming Atlantic tides and form a standing wave.

The largest of these islands is Marajó, with a land area of 40,100 km² (15,500 sq mi), which compares to the size of Switzerland. It is the largest island to be completely surrounded by freshwater in the world. Although its northeast coastline faces the Atlantic Ocean, the outflow from the Amazon is so great that the sea at the mouth is quite unbriny for some distance from shore.

Together with smaller neighboring islands, separated from Marajó by rivers, it forms the Marajó Archipelago, with an aggregate area of 49,602 km² (19,151 sq mi). Large parts of the islands are flooded during the rain season, because of higher water levels of the Amazon River along the coast and of heavy rainfall in the interior.

Deforestation Along BR 163 in Pará, Brazil

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September 11th, 2011 Category: Deforestation

Brazil - July 23rd, 2011

The herringbone-patterned tan lines cutting through the dark green of the Amazon Rainforest in the upper left quadrant are evidence of deforestation in the Brazilian state of Pará.

The deforestation in Pará follows the Brazialian national motorway BR 163, passing by cities such as Novo Progresso. The lower half of the image shows the state of Mato Grosso.