Environment

The Shells' Paradise

Piúma is recognized nationwide as “the city of shells” for the great diversity of tropical and sub-tropical species of shells abundant in its coast, due to the large populations of mollusks adapted to the region.

This diversity occurs because of the encounter of two maritime motion that occurs in this region: the Malvinas Current, of cold waters that comes from the south, and the Brazil Current, of warm waters, coming from the north (1).

This phenomenon allows many sea species to find their ideal natural habitat, in a rich environment of swamps, live reefs, and chorales of lime waters.

(1) The Malvinas Current. Joanna Gyory, Arthur J. Mariano, Edward H. Ryan.
The Brazil Current. Barbie Bischof, Elizabeth Rowe, Arthur J. Mariano, Edward H. Ryan.
http://oceancurrents.rsmas.miami.edu/index.html

 

(1) The Malvinas Current - Joanna Gyory, Arthur J. Mariano, Edward H. Ryan.

(2) The Brazil Current - Barbie Bischof, Elizabeth Rowe, Arthur J. Mariano, Edward H. Ryan. http://oceancurrents.rsmas.miami.edu/index.html