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Yacyretá Dam Near Confluence of Paraguay and Paraná Rivers, Argentina and Paraguay – December 1st, 2010

27.4S 58.8W

December 1st, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Argentina - November 30th, 2010

The confluence of the Paraguay and Paraná Rivers is visible in the upper right quadrant of this image of the border area of Argentina and Paraguay. The land between the two rivers in the top right corner belongs to Paraguay, while the remainder belongs to Argentina.

The Paraguay flows southward from the top of the image, while the Paraná flows westward from the right edge. Both rivers appear greenish in color from sediments.

Visible on the Paraná near the right edge is the reservoir created by the Yacyretá Dam, a dam and hydroelectric power plant built over the waterfalls of Jasyretâ-Apipé, between the Argentine Province of Corrientes and the Paraguayan City of Ayolas.

Another lake can be observed in Argentina in the lower left corner: the Mar Chiquita, a large saline lake. Unlike the reservoir created by the Yacyretá Dam, Mar Chiquita is not human-made.

The Pantanal Tropical Wetland, Brazil – August 23rd, 2009

17.7S 57.3W

August 23rd, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Brazil - July 28th, 2009

Brazil - July 28th, 2009

The Pantanal is a tropical wetland in South America, mostly within the Brazilian states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, but also with portions in Bolivia and Paraguay. It is an area consisting of a variety of floodplain sub-regions, each with distinct hydrological, geological and ecological characteristics.

In total the Pantanal covers over 140,000 km², making it the largest wetland in the world. Over 80% of the Pantanal floodplains are submerged during the rainy seasons, nurturing one of the world’s most biologically diverse collection of aquatic plants. It is also dense in animal species.

It is often overshadowed by the neighboring Amazon Rainforest, but is an equally important ecosystem. The name “Pantanal” comes from the Portuguese word pântano meaning wetland, bog, swamp or marsh.

Also visible here are the Paraguay River, running vertically through the upper left quadrant, and Laguna Mandioré, the large tan lake towards the bottom. The lake is located on the border of Brazil and Bolivia, with an elevation of 90 m and a surface area is 152 km².