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Coastal and Marine Ecosystem of Sabana-Camagüey Archipelago, Cuba

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April 22nd, 2013 Category: Fires

Cuba – April 21st, 2013

Highlighted by sunglint in  the upper left quadrant of this image is the Sabana-Camagüey Archipelago, a group of islands that lines Cuba’s north-central Atlantic coast. Visible on the main island are several fires, marked by red and orange indicators.

The archipelago is developed on a general north-east to south-west direction, and stretches for 475 km (295 mi) from the Hicacos Peninsula and Varadero to the Bay of Nuevitas.

The entire system covers more than 75,000 km2 (29,000 sq mi) and is composed of approximately 2,517 cays and isles. The western islands are grouped in the Jardines del Rey archipelago, and contains Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Romano among others.

The coastal and marine ecosystem represented by the archipelago is undergoing conservation projects to protect the mangroves and coastal forests, which effectively create a buffer zone between the agricultural coast and the sensitive marine environment.

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