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IdentificationMission: ISS008 Roll: E Frame: 5983 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS008
Country or Geographic Name: URUGUAY
Features: RIO DE LA PLATA ESTUARY, SED. PLUMES
Center Point Latitude: -35.0 Center Point Longitude: -57.5 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
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CameraCamera Tilt: Low Oblique
Camera Focal Length: 80mm
Camera: E4: Kodak DCS760C Electronic Still Camera
Film: 3060E : 3060 x 2036 pixel CCD, RGBG array.
Percentage of Cloud Cover: 10 (0-10)
NadirGMT Date: 20031114 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 13____ (HHMMSS)
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CaptionsRio de la Plata is the muddy estuary of the Paraná and Uruguay Rivers, and forms part of the border between Argentina and Uruguay. The rich estuary supports both capital cities of Buenos Aires and Montevideo.
The Paraná is South America’s second longest river, and drains much of the southeastern part of the continent. The extensive delta of the Paraná nearly reaches across the mouth of the Uruguay River. The rivers’ fertile soils support extensive agriculture, including livestock, in the region surrounding the cities.
This image provides a snapshot of the complicated mixing in the Rio de la Plata between the fresh river waters and the water of the South Atlantic. The thick sediment plume of the Paraná and Uruguay Rivers serves as a marker for the fresher water masses. It can be traced far out into the South Atlantic Ocean. The nutrients in the fresh water plume often feed large plankton blooms offshore.
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