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Baja California Peninsula and Deserts, Mexico

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January 25th, 2011 Category: Deserts

Mexico - January 16th, 2011

The dark waters of the Pacific Ocean (west) and the Gulf of California (east) frame the Baja California peninsula. The peninsula is connected to the mainland of Mexico on the east by a small northern band of land crossing the Colorado River in the Mexican state of Sonora.

The peninsula extends 1250 km (775 miles) from Mexicali of the state of Baja California in the north to Cabo San Lucas of the state of Baja California Sur in the south. The total area of the Baja California Peninsula is 143,396 km2 (55,365 square miles).

There are four main desert areas on the peninsula: the San Felipe Desert, the Central Coast Desert, the Vizcaíno Desert and the Magdalena Plain Desert.

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