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Mountains and Coastal Plains of Baja California Sur, Mexico

25.3N 112.1W

February 27th, 2012 Category: Mountains

Mexico - January 4th, 2012

This image shows the southern part of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. The state is characterized by deserts, mountains and coastal flatlands, with a mostly desert-like climate throughout. Parallel to the coast lies the Sierra de la Giganta, with pine and oak forests, while coastal flatlands lie to the west.

Visible in the upper left quadrant of the full image is Bahía Magdalena (Magdalena Bay), a 50 km long bay in Comondú Municipality along the western coast of Baja California Sur. It is protected from the Pacific Ocean by the sandy barrier islands of Isla Magdalena and Isla Santa Margarita. This bay is particularly noted for the seasonal migration of the California Gray Whales and for nearby mangrove swamps that provide sanctuaries for sea birds.

Baja California Sur, Mexico

25.6N 112.3W

June 28th, 2011 Category: Clouds, Fires

Mexico - June 21st, 2011

The image focuses on the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, in the southern half of the Baja California Peninsula.

The state is characterized by deserts, mountains and coastal flatlands, and has a mostly desert-like climate.

An interesting, semi-circular pattern can be seen in the clouds south of the peninsula. To the east, a wildfire can be seen burning on the Mexican mainland.

Cloud Vortex by Shores of Comondú, Baja California Sur, Mexico

25.9N 112.6W

July 15th, 2010 Category: Clouds

Mexico - June 19th, 2010

Mexico - June 19th, 2010

The peninsula of Baja California cuts diagonally across this image from the upper left to lower right, separated from the Mexican mainland by the Sea of Cortes, also known as the Gulf of California.

A loose cloud vortex can be seen nestled in an indentation of the western coastline of the peninsula, in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. That segment of the shoreline belongs to the municipality of Comondú, which has a land area of 16,858.3 km² (6,509.03 sq mi).

Baja California Sur – January 2nd, 2009

January 2nd, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Bays of Baja California Sur, Mexico - November 23rd, 2008

Bays of Baja California Sur, Mexico - November 23rd, 2008

This image allows us to see both the eastern (along the Sea of Cortez, or Gulf of California) and the western (along the Pacific Ocean) coasts of Baja California Sur, Mexico.

On the eastern coast, we can see a more mountainous terrain, differing greatly from the flatter, greener western coast criss-crossed by several rivers.

The river that spills into the ocean near the large white cloud is the San Lucas River. Moving South, we can also see the San Tomás River, with more green vegetation hugging its banks.

Following the L-shaped land formation southward, we can see the small, semi-circular Santa Maria Bay on the Pacific side, and the San Carlos Maritime Canal leading into the larger Magdalena Bay.

The island on the southeastern side of Magdalena bay is Santa Margarita Island. On the other side of this island we have the Almeja Bay, into which the San Pedro River feeds.

El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve on Baja California Peninsula, Mexico

27.3N 114.5W

December 6th, 2012 Category: Deserts

Mexico – December 4th, 2012

The green area surrounded by tan desert nested in a nook on the western side of the Baja Californina Peninsula is the El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve. More precisely, it is located in Mulegé Municipality in northern Baja California Sur, at the center of the peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez (or Gulf of California).

With a landmass of over 55,555 square-mile (143,600 square km) it is the largest wildlife refuge in all of Latin America and certainly the most diverse. The animals and plants of this territory have adapted themselves to the region’s extreme desert conditions with little rainfall, intense winds and an ecosystem which has produced thousands of endemic species of plants and animal life found nowhere else in the world.