Iguazú National Park
This Flock image captures the contrast between natural and man-made beauty. Acquired on 23 September 2016 – it shows Parana, in southern Brazil.
Highway 277 cuts through the image, dividing the lush green forest of Igazu National park from a patchwork of ploughed sugar cane farms.
Located in Misiones Province in the Northeastern tip of Argentina and the state of Parana to the north, Iguazú National Park, jointly with its sister park Iguaçu in Brazil, is among the world's visually and acoustically most stunning natural sites for its massive waterfalls.
It was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1984. Across a width of almost three kilometres, the Iguazú or Iguaçu River, drops vertically some 80 meters in a series of cataracts. The river, aptly named after the indigenous term for "great water", forms a large bend in the shape of a horseshoe in the heart of the two parks and constitutes the international border between Argentina and Brazil before it flows into the mighty Parana River less than 25 kilometres downriver from the park.
Large clouds of spray permanently soak the many river islands and the surrounding forest, creating an extremely humid micro-climate favouring lush and dense sub-tropical vegetation harbouring a diverse fauna.
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Credit: Image © 2016 Planet - Additional editing and text by the eoPortal team.