Exploring Saco do Mamanguá, a Fjord in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest




RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Think of the word “fjord”, and a Nordic landscape somewhere in Norway will probably come to your mind. However, the phenomenon of an elongated sea body that extends far inland can also be spotted in the tropics.

The Brazilian representative of such a geological phenomenon is called Saco do Mamanguá. While some specialists consider Mamanguá a “ria” (a drowned river valley connected to the sea), the region is considered the only fjord along Brazil’s coast.

Saco do Mamanguá is located in the South of the Rio de Janeiro State (in a region called the Green . . .

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