Turbid Lagoons in Southern Brazil
Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
A large sediment plume can be seen flowing down the western edge of Lagoa dos Patos and out to sea through the inlet by Rio Grande in southernmost Brazil. Phytoplankton blooms seen offshore my be partly supported by nutrients contained in the turbid runoff. Also visible in this SeaWiFS image are Lagoa Mirim, Lagoa Mangueira, and Laguna Negra (in Uruguay).