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Tannin-darkened waters of Rio Negro flowing across the sand on the coast of Brazil
April 24, 2011

Rio Negro, Brazil

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Water dark with tannin inspired the name Rio Negro, or "black river," which swirls across virgin sand in Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. In the park's ponds, thriving communities of algae can turn the water blue or green.

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Photograph by George Steinmetz, National Geographic

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