The Atlantic coastline of southern Brazil • Earth.com

Last update: September 19th, 2020 at 3:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at the Atlantic coastline of southern Brazil.

The tan formations are the Barchan dunes, which separate the ocean coastline from Lagoa de Barros, one of several lagoons formed hundreds of thousands of years ago when the sea level was much higher.

This image was captured by an astronaut on board the International Space Station.

The South Region of Brazil (Portuguese: Região Sul do Brasil) is one of the five regions of Brazil. It includes the states of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul and covers 576,409.6 square kilometres (222,553.0 sq mi), being the smallest portion of the country, occupying only about 6.76% of the territory of Brazil. Its whole area is smaller than that of the state of Minas Gerais, in Southeast Brazil, for example. It is a great tourist, economic and cultural pole. It borders Uruguay, Argentina, and Paraguay as well as the Centre-West Region, the Southeast Region and the Atlantic Ocean. The region is considered the safest in Brazil to visit, having a lower crime rate than other regions in the country

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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