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Wildfires in Canada’s Yukon Territoy

62.3N 140.3W

June 6th, 2010 Category: Fires

Canada - June 2nd, 2010

Canada - June 2nd, 2010

Beneath the partial cover of the clouds dotting the skies above Canada’s Yukon Territory, several wildfires are can be seen releasing thick plumes of smoke towards the northwest.

The land here is close to the border with Alaska, USA (to the west). Visible near the center is Wellesley Lake, in theĀ  bowl-shaped valley of the White River.

White River National Wildlife Refuge Near the Mississippi River, USA – April 20th, 2010

34.2N 91.1W

April 20th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

USA - March 5th, 2010

USA - March 5th, 2010

West of the brown, curving ribbon of the Mississippi River and amidst the surrounding tan landscape is the White River National Wildlife Refuge, identifiable as a large area of dark green vegetation. The refuge is located in Desha, Monroe, Phillips, and Arkansas counties in the USA state of Arkansas.

The White River National Wildlife Refuge has a surface area of 160,000 acres (650 km2) – it is 3 to 10 miles (4.8 to 16 km) wide and encompasses 90 miles (140 km) of the lower 100 miles (160 km) of the White River.

The refuge lies with the Mississippi lowland forests ecoregion. Amidst the forest are 356 natural and man-made lakes, which make up 4,000 acres (16 km2) of the refuge. There are 154,000 acres (620 km2) of forestland, 900 acres (3.6 km2) of agricultural land, and 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) of grassland. It is classified as a Wetland of International Importance.

Deforestation Near the Rio Branco and Brazil-Venezuela Border – February 23rd, 2010

2.8N 60.6W

February 23rd, 2010 Category: Climate Change, Image of the day, Rivers

Brazil - February 12th, 2010

Brazil - February 12th, 2010

The Rio Branco (in English, White River), which does indeed appear white here due to sun glint, is the principal affluent of the Rio Negro (in English, Black River) from the north; it is enriched by many streams from the sierras which separate Venezuela and Guyana from Brazil.

Here, it can be seen flowing from Venezuela (top right corner) southward into and across Brazil. Some areas of deforestation are visible in the full image, east of the river and below the border.

The Branco flows nearly south, and finds its way into the Negro through several channels and a chain of lagoons similar to those of the latter river. It is 350 miles (560 km) long, up to its Urariquira confluence. It has numerous islands, and, 235 miles (378 km) above its mouth, it is broken by a series of difficult rapids.

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