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Peru and Bolivia
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Peru and Bolivia

January 17, 2006
On the left in this full-resolution MERIS image is Peru, bordered by the Pacific Ocean on one side and Lake Titicaca, in the center of the image, on the other. When observing the colors of the Lake Titicaca, which occupies more than 8300 square kilometers, several large plumes can be distinguished, which are created by rivers discharging matter resulting from the erosion of the terrain . At the Southeastern end of the lake is La Paz, Bolivia's largest city. At the bottom is the Northern tip of Chile, with Bolivia on the right-hand side of the image. Lake Poopo, highlighted in green and located 300 km Southeast of La Paz, is one of many saline lakes on the Altiplano. This lake was dramatically polluted in February 2000 by an accidental 39 000-barrel oil spill. Its green color in the image is due to its shallow waters.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Envisat
  • Instrument: MERIS
  • Acquisition: 26-Mar-2002
  • Orbit nr: 00365
  • Center coordinates: lat. -12.50, lon. -75.00