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Gulf of Venezuela, Bounded by Venezuela and Colombia – November 20th, 2012

11.5N 71W

November 20th, 2012 Category: Image of the day

Venezuela and Colombia – November 19th, 2012

The Gulf of Venezuela is a gulf of the Caribbean Sea, in the north of South America. It is located between Paraguaná Peninsula (right) of the Falcón State in Venezuela and Guajira Peninsula (left) in the Guajira Department of Colombia.  A 54 km (34 mi) strait, actually an artificial navigation channel, connects it with Maracaibo Lake to the south (partially visible through the clouds). Although some greenish sediments can be seen in the gulf, it is considerably clear in comparison with past image (click here)

Dust from West Africa Reaching South America

4.7N 37.3W

March 15th, 2012 Category: Dust Storms

Dust off West Africa - March 14th, 2012

Dust from the Sahara Desert has been blowing off the coast of West Africa over the last few days (click here for previous images). Here, it can be seen reaching across the Atlantic Ocean to South America.

Southwestern Senegal, in West Africa, and northeastern Brazil, in South America, are separated by approximately 1,600 mi (2,575 km) at their closest point.

Smoke From Fires in Bolivia

18.8S 66.9W

September 8th, 2011 Category: Fires

South America - September 6th, 2011

Visible in the upper right quadrant of the thumbnail image are wildfires burning in Bolivia. The Andes Mountains prevent the smoke from blowing to the northwest.

Most of these fires were probably set to clear land for agriculture, then began to burn out of control due to strong winds and dry conditions. The situation is similar to last year’s wildfire problems in the same region (click here for previous images).

Wildfires in South America Release Thick Cloud of Smoke

16.4S 63.5W

September 5th, 2011 Category: Fires

South America - September 4th, 2011

Smoke from scores of wildfires burning in South America blows towards the southeast; the tall Andes Mountains prevent the smoke from spreading westward.

Most of the fires are concentrated in Bolivia, where a state of emergency has been declared, although many fires are also ablaze in Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. The situation is reminiscent of last year’s wildfire problems in the same region (click here for previous images).

Most of these fires were probably set on purpose in order to clear land for crops or pasture, then began to burn out of control due to dry weather and winds.

Sediments in Amazon River Mouth, Brazil

0.6N 50W

July 2nd, 2011 Category: Rivers, Sediments

Brazil - June 21st, 2011

Despite some cloud cover, thick sediments can be seen spilling forth from the mouth of the Amazon River in South America. It is the second longest river in the world and by far the largest by waterflow.

The width of the Amazon varies between 1.6 and 10 kilometres (0.99 and 6.2 mi) at low stage, but expands during the wet season to 48 kilometres (30 mi) or more. The river enters the Atlantic Ocean in a broad estuary about 240 kilometres (150 mi) wide. The mouth of the main stem is 80 kilometres (50 mi).

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