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Southern Mexico’s Tropical Lowlands by FAPAR

17.5N 97W

January 13th, 2010 Category: Climate Change

Mexico - December 31st, 2009

Mexico - December 31st, 2009

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of southern Mexico, between the Gulf of Mexico (above) and the Pacific Ocean (below). Mexico ranks fourth in the world in terms of biodiversity of its flora, with 26,000 different species.

Here, the green to dark red areas near the coast indicate good to high photosynthetic activity. Further inland, the terrain appears more arid, as the pale yellow color suggests low photosynthetic activity. Many parts of Mexico, particularly the north, have a dry climate with sporadic rainfall while parts of the tropical lowlands in the south average more than 200 cm of annual precipitation, conducive to vegetation growth.

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