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Streaky Bay on Coast of South Australia

32.7S 134.2E

May 20th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Australia - May 2nd, 2011

Several bays make scalloped indentations on the shores of southern Australia, along the Great Australia Bight. The one near the center here is Streaky Bay, appearing greenish due to sediments.

The surrounding district shows a great variety of landscapes, from largely untouched native scrubland and farming country to cliffs and extensive surf beaches. The inland areas of the district are largely dominated by pastoral country.



Fires in Brazil Contribute to Smoky Haze Over South America – September 27th, 2010

14.7S 66W

September 27th, 2010 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Smoke from Fires in Bolivia and Brazil - September 21st, 2010

Smoke from fires in Brazil contributes to the smoky haze hanging over large areas of South America, caused principally by fires in Bolivia that have been burning over the dry winter.

In the full image, individual plumes of smoke can be seen in Brazil, blowing in a curved shape first to the southwest then to the southeast. The large, thick cloud of smoke from Bolivia crosses the full image, also blowing in a curve towards the southeast.

Deseado River and Topography of Santa Cruz Province, Argentina

47.7S 65.8W

June 21st, 2010 Category: Rivers

Argentina - June 6th, 2010

Argentina - June 6th, 2010

The Deseado River in southern Argentina appears as a whitish line cutting across the brown Patagonian terrain in the lower portion of this image. The river rises in Buenos Aires Lake in the Andes of southern Chile and Argentina. It flows generally eastward and southeastward through Santa Cruz province.

Near Koluel Kayke and Jaramillo it sometimes disappears into the dry soils of Patagonia, but it reemerges and empties into the Atlantic at Puerto Deseado. The total length of the Deseado is approximately 380 miles (610 km). It is used for irrigation along its lower course.

Upon opening the full image, many plateaus are visible inland, in the province of Santa Cruz. The terrain near the shore is flatter and criss-crossed by roads that appear as straight, light tan lines.

Santiago at the Foot of the Andes, Chile – June 20th, 2010

33.4S 70.5W

June 20th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Chile - June 6th, 2010

Chile - June 6th, 2010

Chile is located in southwestern South America. It has an area of 291,930 sq mi (756,096 sq km) and a population (2009 est.) of approximately 16,602,000. The capital is Santiago, visible at the foot of the Andes Mountains in the lower half of the image.

The very shape of Chile is distinctive, a multi-colored ribbon of land 4,300 kilometers (2,700 mi) long and on average 175 kilometers (109 mi) wide. Its climate varies, ranging from the world’s driest desert-the Atacama-in the north, through a Mediterranean climate in the center, to a rainy temperate climate in the south.

São Paulo on Eastern Coast of Brazil – June 18th, 2010

23.5S 46.6W

June 18th, 2010 Category: Image of the day

Brazil - June 6th, 2010

Brazil - June 6th, 2010

Brazil is located in east-central South America. It has an area of 3,287,612 sq mi (8,514,877 sq km) and a population (2009 est.) of 191,481,000. The capital is Brasília. Other important cities are Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo (visible as a large gray area in this image).