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Marajó, Brazil

19 January 2018

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The Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over part of northern Brazil's Marajó island in Pará state on 20 July 2017.

The land area pictured is dominated by a savannah landscape, with mangrove forests and palm swamps along the coast. The area is known for its large plantations – called fazendas – with animal husbandry. Although not native to the island, domesticated water buffalo outnumber Marajó's human population.

‘Popcorn' clouds are visible in the upper part of the image, formed by convection and condensed water vapour released by plants and trees during the sunny day. On the left side of the image we can see Lake Arari, the size of which fluctuates greatly between the rainy and dry seasons

Marajó, Brazil

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