Project Description

DEIMOS-2 Image of the Week (acquired 8/1/2015): Fernando de Noronha

This image shows Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago of 21 islands and islets of volcanic origins. The archipelago is located in the Atlantic Ocean, 354 km off the Brazilian coast. In 1988, Brazil designated approximately 70% of the archipelago as a maritime national park, with the goal of preserving the land and sea environment. In 2001, UNESCO declared Fernando de Noronha World Heritage Site. The archipelago represents a large proportion of the island surface of the South Atlantic and their rich waters are extremely important for the breeding and feeding of tuna, shark, turtle and marine mammals. Visible in the image bottom are the turquoise blue waters in Baia de Sueste and Baia do Porcos. Going further off Baia do Porcos we can see two big rocks named “Dois Irmãos” meaning two brothers.