José Artigas monument in Montevideo (Plaza Independencia), the capital of the
Rio de la Plata, Uruguay (January 1998 - NASA). The Rio de la Plata, a large
estuary, is located between Argentina
(left) and Uruguay (right). The
estuary of the Rio de la Plata is one of the largest in the world. It receives
runoff from five South American countries (Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay,
and Bolivia). The extensive sediment plume (muddy looking water) in the Rio de
la Plata seems to be a normal condition of the river. There is a constant mixing
zone where the sediment-laden fresh water meets the salty waters of the southern
Atlantic Ocean. The cluster of lighter colored areas near the top left corner of
the image indicates the location of the city of La Plata and the eastern edge of
the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires. The general location of the capital and
largest city in Uruguay, Montevideo, can be identified along the northern shore
of the estuary. The Santa Lucia River (dark, dendritic stream pattern) enters
the Rio de la Plata just west of
Puerta de la Ciudadela de Sacramento, an old Portuguese colony founded in the
17th century in Uruguay (photo Ministerio de Turismo del Uruguay).
Palacio Legislativo in Montevideo (photo lvalin).
Uruguay river and Parana river delta (NASA Winter/Spring 1997, image at right). The Parana river
has created a very broad delta and floodplain at the mouth of the river along
the western end of the Rio de la Plata. The Uruguay river is visible in the
upper right quadrant of the picture. The Uruguay River marks the border between
Argentina and Uruguay.
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