Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela - - Earth Image Gallery

Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela, and a swirling emerald vortex, is seen here in this Image of the Day from NASA’s Earth ObservatoryThe green color is due to floating vegetation like duckweed suspended in Lake Maracaibo. Lake Maracaibo is connected to the Caribbean Sea by a narrow straight that’s only 4 miles wide and 25 miles long.

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