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Fires Across Bolivia and Brazil – September 10th, 2012

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September 10th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Lakes

Bolivia and Peru – August 29th, 2012

Multiple plumes of smoke from fires in Bolivia (lower right quadrant) and the Brazilian states of Rondônia (upper right) and Amazonas (above center) can be seen across this view of South America (click here for previous images). The plumes of smoke in Bolivia are blowing due northwest, while those in Brazil are fanning out over a larger area, although still being carried in a generally northwesterly direction. Visible across the Andes Mountains in the lower left quadrant is Lake Titicaca, on the border of Bolivia and Peru.

Fire Northwest of Lakes Rogaguado and Huaytunas, Bolivia

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July 10th, 2012 Category: Fires, Lakes

Bolivia – July 9th, 2012

Several Bolivian lakes can be observed in this image of South America. In the lower left quadrant is the large Lake Titicaca, straddling the Bolivia-Peru border. To the northeast, near the right edge, is a cluster of lakes in Bolivia’s Beni Departament, including Lake Rogaguado (tan from sediments) and Lake Huaytunas (also known as Lake Ginebra, green from sediments and algal growth). A plume of smoke from a wildfire can be observed to the northwest of the lakes.

Bright Colors of Bolivia’s Geographical Features – June 18th, 2012

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June 18th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Bolivia - June 5th, 2012

Features of Bolivia’s landscape show a diversity of colors: the navy blue of Lake Titicaca,  the bright white of the salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, and the intense green and brown waters of Lake Poopó. Lake Titicaca, located in the Andes on the border of Peru and Bolivia, is the largest lake in South America by volume of water. The lake is composed of two nearly separate sub-basins that are connected by the Strait of Tiquina. Water flows out the single outlet at the Rio Desaguadero, which then flows south through Bolivia to Lake Poopó.

Salar de Uyuni and Neighboring Lakes, Bolivia

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May 9th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Salt Flats

Bolivia - May 8th, 2012

The vast Salar de Uyuni appears as a bright white expanse on the Bolivian Altiplano, near the border with Chile. It is the world’s largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq mi).

Just north of the salar is  Lake Poopó, green from sediments and algal growth. It is a large yet shallow lake in Bolivia’s Altiplano Mountains. To its northwest is the larger and deeper Lake Titicaca, dark blue in color, shared by Peru and Bolivia.


Mixed Tropical and Arid Terrain of Piura Region, Peru

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April 30th, 2012 Category: Deserts

Peru - April 28th, 2012

This image focuses on Peru’s Piura Region, which has many climate variations due to its geographical location. It is just 4 degrees south of the equator, yet receives two ocean currents at the same time: the cold Humboldt Current and the warm El Niño Current. This makes the Piura Region a land that is both tropical and arid at the same time, as can be observed by the mix of desert and vegetated terrain in this image.

The coast is divided by the Peruvian subtropical desert of Sechura on the south and savanna-like scrub tropical-dry forests to the center and north of the region. There are also small valleys of tropical climate, where rice and coconut fields are common, especially around the Piura and Sullana rivers. Topography is smooth in the coast and rough in the Sierra. There are many arid plains in the southern region. The Sechura Desert, located south of the Piura River, is Peru’s largest desert and one of the world’s few examples of a tropical desert; it borders a tropical terrain to the north.

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