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Sediments Along Coast of Southern Brazil

27.9S 48.6W

May 16th, 2013 Category: Sediments

Brazil – May 10th, 2013

Sediments, perhaps mixed with phytoplankton, line the coast of the Brazilian states of Rio Grande do Sul (below) and Santa Catarina (above). In the full image, the state and city of São Paulo can be seen as well (top). Partially obscured by clouds by the bottom edge is Lagoa dos Patos, a heavily sedimented coastal lagoon.

Curitiba West of Bay of Paranaguá, Brazil

25.4S 49.2W

November 17th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Brazil - November 13th, 2011

The city of Curitiba appears as a bright white area just left of the center of this orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image. Curitiba is the capital of the Brazilian state of Paraná, and the largest city with the biggest economy of both Paraná and southern Brazil.

The city sits on a plateau at 932 metres (3,058 ft) above sea level. It is located 105 kilometres (65 mi) west of the sea port of Paranaguá. The port can be observed as a small white area on the southern shores of the Bay of Paranaguá.

Another large bay, the Bay of Babitonga, can be observed to the south near the bottom edge. Situated at its entrance is São Francisco do Sul, a municipality in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. It covers an area of 493 km² (190 miles2).

Vegetation Index of Eastern Brazil

23.5S 46.6W

December 4th, 2009 Category: Climate Change

Brazil - November 18th, 2009

Brazil - November 18th, 2009

In this FAPAR image of part of the east coast of Brazil, much of the land appears green, indicating good photosynthetic activity. Some yellow patches, where little photosynthetic activity is present, can be seen scattered about the landscape and near the metropolitan area of São Paulo, near the coast. On the other hand, red areas indicating high activity become more dense as one moves southward.

Many of these red areas are in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. The humid tropical Serra do Mar coastal forests cover the state’s narrow coastal zone, which is crossed by numerous short streams. The central part of the state is home to the Araucaria moist forests, dominated by emergent Brazilian pines.

Climate and Vegetation of Brazil’s South Region

25.4S 49.2W

June 8th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Brazil - June 2nd, 2009

Brazil - June 2nd, 2009

Brazil’s South Region includes the states of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, which are visible from north to south, although Rio Grande do Sul is mostly obscured by clouds.

The region is almost entirely subtropical, with hot to moderately hot temperatures in the summer, and mild (though cold for Brazilian standards) and very humid winters.

The exceptions are the northeast part of the region, which has a tropical climate, and the highlands, where some occasional light snow might fall. In the northeast, it is hot in the summer and warm to cool during the winter.

The vegetation consists of rainforests along the coast (Mata Atlântica), tropical semiciduous vegetation in the north and west (Araucárias) and prairie-like vegetation in the south (Pampas). Deforestation is a serious problem for the native vegetation.

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