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Fires Near Tocantins-Mato Grosso Border, Brazil

11.6S 50.6W

July 6th, 2012 Category: Fires, Rivers

Brazil – July 5th, 2012

This image shows fires near the Ribeirão Crisóstomo River, near the border between the Brazilian states of Tocantins (right) and Mato Grosso (left). Winds carry the plumes of smoke from the fires towards the east-southeast. Upon opening the full image, multiple other blazes can be observed.

Sobradinho Lake and Serra da Mesa Reservoir, Brazil

12.3S 46.3W

August 24th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Brazil - August 12th, 2011

This image of Brazil includes parts of the states of Bahia (right), Tocantins (upper left) and Goiás (lower left). Two large reservoirs can be seen: the bright green Sobradinho Lake (center right), in the state of Bahia, and the reservoir created by the Serra da Mesa Dam (lower left), in the state of Goiás.

Sobradinho Lake, fed by the São Francisco River,  covers a surface area of 4,225 km2, making it the largest by surface area in Brazil. It has a mean depth of 8.6 m and a maximum depth of 30 m.

The Serra da Mesa Dam, an embankment dam on the Tocantins River, creates the largest reservoir by volume in Brazil, with a capacity of 54,400,000,000 m3 (1.92×1012 cu ft) and surface area of 1,784 km2 (689 sq mi).

Fires Burning in Mato Grosso and Tocantins States Contribute to Cloud of Smoke Over Brazil

14.1S 66W

September 29th, 2010 Category: Fires, Rivers

Smoke from Fires in Bolivia and Brazil - September 22nd, 2010

Fires burning in Brazil continue to contribute smoke to the cloud of haze from those burning in Bolivia. Here, the smoke cloud can be observed along the left side of the thumbnail image.

Upon opening the full image, many individual fires can be seen near the Araguaia River, in the Brazilian states of Mato Grosso (west) and Tocantins (east).

The complete extent of the cloud of smoke can also be better observed in the full image, stretching from near the mouth of the Amazon River, in northern Brazil, to below a wide segment of the Paraná River in the south of the country.

Smoke Cloud West of Araguaia River, Brazil

11.4S 53.3W

September 17th, 2010 Category: Fires

Smoke from Fires in Bolivia and Brazil - September 15th, 2010

Much of western South America remains veiled by a thick cloud of smoke from fires burning in Bolivia and Brazil. Here, the smoke is thickest on the left side of the image, over the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso.

Upon opening the full image, however, multiple individual plumes of smoke can be observed clustered around the Araguaia River. The river provides the border between Mato Grosso (west) and Tocantins (east), and appears here as a yellowish line running vertically down the right side of the image. Also visible in the full image is the mouth of the Amazon River, at the top.

Sobradinho Lake and São Francisco River, Brazil

9.4S 40.8W

May 5th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Brazil - April 29th, 2010

Brazil - April 29th, 2010

This image of Brazil includes parts of the states of Bahia (right), Tocantins (upper left) and Goiás (lower left).  Sobradinho Lake can be seen in the northern part of Bahia.  Its southern reaches appear tan from sediments, while the northern part is green in color.

It was created by the construction of the Sobradinho Dam on the São Francisco River. The reservoir itself is the largest in Brazil, covering a surface area of 4,225 km2. It has a mean depth of 8.6 m and a maximum depth of 30 m.

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