Earth from space: Uruguay River wetlands


Hi, and welcome to this first Earth from Space
for 2019. My name is Mariangela D’Acunto And today, the Copernicus Sentinel-2B satellite takes us to part of the Uruguay River. In this image the river forms the border between Argentina
and Uruguay and is the site of the Esteros de Farrapos
e Islas del Río Uruguay wetlands. Composed of lagoons, swamps and 24 islets, the Esteros are a haven for wildlife, protected as a national park and included on the List of Wetlands of International Importance of the Ramsar Convention. This wetland system is home to 130 species
of fish, 14 species of amphibian, 104 species of bird a quarter of all birds found in Uruguay and 15 species of mammal, including the maned wolf, the largest dog-like species in South America. A tourist attraction and a waterway for transport, the Esteros also play an important role in
regulating flood levels and maintaining water quality, as well as safeguarding the banks of the Uruguay
River from erosion. Visible to the lower left in grey-white is the Argentinian town of Gualeguaychú. On the eastern shore of the Uruguay River is the city of Fray Bentos, an important national harbour, famous for a plant that once exported corned
beef around the world. Now inactive, this sprawling industrial complex has become a World Heritage Site. The dark green area to the east of the Esteros
is devoted to forestry, an important industry for the region. A pulp mill is located close to Fray Bentos. Sentinel-2 is a two-satellite mission to supply the coverage and data delivery needed for Europe’s Copernicus environmental monitoring
programme. The mission’s main instrument has 13 spectral
bands, and is designed to provide images that can be used to distinguish different types of vegetation
and monitor plant growth. And this brings us to the end of this edition. From the ESA Web TV Studios, I’m Mariangela D’Acunto. Have a nice day.

15 thoughts on “Earth from space: Uruguay River wetlands

  1. Hi Mariangela! Good job presenting. I wonder if as many people will complain about your accent. I hope you blow their minds and they just go away.😉
    Again, great content, as always, presented in a good way by a fantastic presenter, as always!😁👍
    Look forward to the next episode.😊

  2. Hi European space i am from somali Horn africa region thank you for your suggestion

  3. Wow, very informative! I thought Fray Bentos was just a make of adequate, only slightly catfood-tasting tinned pies, I didn't realise they were named after a Uraguayan city famed for exporting corned beef, but now it all makes a lot of sense!

  4. I feel so bad Keira. People were crybabies about Kelsea leaving, and she got the hate as a result. Welcome, Mariangela! You are extremely beautiful.

  5. How beautiful! I love this series because it truly showcases the wonderful planet we live in.

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