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Searching for paradise: Aerial views of Fernando de Noronha Archipelago, Brazil

06 Mar

This is the first in a series of posts on our recent trip to the Brazilian Archipelago of Fernando de Noronha: leisure, research, adventure, photography.

Peaks of the Southern Atlantic submarine ridge form the Fernando de Noronha Archipelago off the coast of Brazil, representing a large proportion of the island surface of the South Atlantic and the rich waters are extremely important for the breeding and feeding of tuna, shark, turtle and marine mammals. The islands are home to the largest concentration of tropical seabirds in the Western Atlantic. Baia de Golfinhos has an exceptional population of resident dolphin. The Fernando de Noronha archipelago covers the majority of the main island and includes the majority of smaller offshore islands and islets. The islands are part of a large submarine mountain system of volcanic origin, which rises from the ocean floor some 4,000 m in depth. The Fernando de Noronha volcano is estimated to be between 1.8 million and 12.3 million years old. The coastline is complex, with a number of high cliffs and sandy beaches. The north-west facing shores are relatively calm, whereas the south-east shores face the predominant currents and winds and are largely rocky shores with significant wave action.

Arriving… flying along the coastline

And here, a snapshot of “who’s got an unchallengeable view” of this paradise:

The highly productive coastal waters around islands are used by many fish species for spawning and as a refuge for juvenile fish. The shallow waters also provide habitat for benthnic organisms (such as coral, sponges and algae). Oceanic islands therefore play a key role in the reproduction and dispersal of marine organisms, providing a staging point for the colonization of other coastal areas and the surrounding ocean. There are less than 10 oceanic islands in the South Atlantic and the Fernando de Noronha Archipelago represents almost 50% of the islands in terms of surface area. As the site makes up such a large proportion of insular South Atlantic coastal area, it is an important repository for the maintenance of biodiversity for the entire South Atlantic basin.

Fernando de Noronha is also the only know location for Insular Atlantic Forest – a subtype of Atlantic Rainforest. To date over 400 species of vascular plants have recorded, including three endemics. The archipelago also contains the sole oceanic mangrove in the South Atlantic. [Source: UNESCO/CLT/WHC]

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25 responses to “Searching for paradise: Aerial views of Fernando de Noronha Archipelago, Brazil

  1. Iñigo

    March 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Very beautiful shots!

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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      March 8, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      Thank you! 😮

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  2. zurisullivan

    March 8, 2012 at 12:13 am

    wow these photos are unbelievable! sooo beautiful

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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      March 8, 2012 at 2:18 am

      thank you very much, Zurisullivan! 😮

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  3. Madhu

    March 7, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Wow! Really beautiful!

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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      March 7, 2012 at 7:34 am

      Thank you, Madhu! And these are just the views from above [smiles!], arriving at the island complex [21 islands in total]… We’re still trying to get them all organized, in order to avoid overwhelming people with a long post, but, at the same time, being fair with the unique beauty found throughout the archipelago… Thanks for stopping by! 😮

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  4. Gilly Gee

    March 7, 2012 at 3:52 am

    Great aerial views, and it looks so beautiful especially the little cove where the sea becomes turquoise and golden sand is around the edge. 🙂

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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      March 7, 2012 at 7:35 am

      Thank you, Gilly! The colors [blues, greens, aqua, turquoise…] are really fantastic! Thanks for checking it out – more to come! 😮

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  5. rommel

    March 6, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Cool! And the greens really covered all of the ground. Great Pics. I think it’s about time for me to have these kinds of pictures as well. We’ll see ….

    Will look forward for more of your travel and see if I pick up something more. Thanks for the share.

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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      March 6, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      You’re more than welcome, Rommel! I love the idea of pics from the sky/flying.. There’s still plenty more to come… We spend 3 full days in the archipelago (there are 21 islands, altogether!) Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment! 😮

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  6. sweetopiagirl

    March 6, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Reblogged this on Inspiredweightloss.

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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      March 6, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      Thank you very much! I really appreciate the positive feedback I’ve been receiving from people! And imagine this is the first post of the series… The archipelago, its main island, crystal blue waters, and the volcanic rocks are definitely a sight! Glad you’ve enjoyed it! 😮

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  7. Marcia Clarke

    March 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Amazing views, thanks for sharing!

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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      March 6, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      Thank you, Marcia! 😮

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  8. cobbies69

    March 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    breath taking pictures. well captured…;)

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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      March 6, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      Thank you very much! Hard to do, when you’re snapping shots several thousand feet away/high! 😮 Thanks for stopping by!

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      • cobbies69

        March 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm

        enjoyed it…

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        • 3rdCultureChildren

          March 6, 2012 at 5:52 pm

          😮

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    • Spinster

      March 6, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      Took the words right out of my mouth.

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      • 3rdCultureChildren

        March 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm

        Ohhh… That’s so nice! Thank you! 😮

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