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Lencóis Marenhenses | Brazil

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2° 31' 51.0204" S, 43° 1' 10.9704" W
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Lencóis Marenhenses

Lencóis Marenhenses - Photo: Primar

The Lençóis Maranhenses National Park (Parque Nacional dos Lençóis Maranhenses) is located in Maranhão state, in northeastern Brazil, just east of the Baía de São José. It is an area of low, flat, occasionally flooded land, overlaid with large, discrete sand dunes. It encompasses roughly 582 sq mi (1500 sq km), and despite abundant rain, supports almost no vegetation. The park was created on June 2, 1981. It was featured in the Brazilian film The House of Sand. Most recently, it was featured in the song "Kadhal Anukkal" from the Indian film, Enthiran.

Composed of large, white, sweeping dunes, at first glance Lençóis Maranhenses looks like an archetypal desert. In fact it isn't actually a desert. Lying just outside the Amazon Basin, the region is subject to a regular rain season during the beginning of the year. The rains cause a peculiar phenomenon: fresh water collects in the valleys between sand dunes, spotting the desert with blue and green lagoons that reach their fullest between July and September.

The area is also surprisingly home to a variety of fish which, despite the almost complete disappearance of the lagoons during the dry season, have their eggs brought from the sea by birds.

More infos: Wikipedia
 

Lencóis Marenhenses

Lencóis Marenhenses - Photo: Nick Ad@ms

Lencóis Marenhenses

Lencóis Marenhenses

Lencóis Marenhenses

Lencóis Marenhenses - Photo: joakina

Lencóis Marenhenses

Lencóis Marenhenses - Photo: Kais Turismo

SUBMITTED ON 06.04.2013.