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South America, satellite image. North is at top. Vegetation is green, water is blue, snow and ice are white, and arid land is light brown. Prominent features include the coastal desert to the left of the high Andes mountain range (down left). The top part of the continent is dominated by the Amazon rainforests, and the Amazon itself is seen, with pale green silt at its mouth (upper right). Light green further south marks the plains of Argentina. Caribbean islands are at upper left, with shallow sand banks (pale blue). A narrow land bridge joins South America to North America. The Atlantic Ocean is at right, and the Pacific Ocean is at left.
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