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Amazon river plume interaction with tropical Atlantic
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MERIS Level 2 Reduced Resolution data obtained by Envisat at 14:05 on 04 September 2010.

This is one of several MERIS images showing the Amazon river plume mixing with tropical Atlantic water during 2 weeks in September 2010. Taken together the images shows how the plume moves north along the coast on the landward side of the Brazil Current. At about 5-6 North it splits, the most distinctive part moving eastward across the Atlantic in the Equatorial Counter Current, the remainder continuing northwards, eventually merging with the plumes from other rivers such as the Orinoco.

Data source: ESA MERCI on-line data archive.
Accessed 21-12-2012.

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