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Space shuttle photograph of the Amazon rain forest near Manaus, Brazil (South America)

Photographed from the space shuttle Endeavour. This picture was shot during October a few years ago. The area shown is approximately 5 miles by 25 miles (8 kilometers by 40 kilometers). The two large rivers in this picture are the Rio Negro (at top) and the Rio Solimoes (at bottom). They combine at Manaus to form the Amazon River. The green areas are heavily forested, while blue areas are either cleared forest or open water. The yellow and red areas are flooded forest or floating meadows.

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