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Fires in the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountain Range, Mexico – June 22nd, 2010

18.3N 100.6W

June 22nd, 2010 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Mexico - June 1st, 2010

Mexico - June 1st, 2010

Many wildfires are burning in the Sierra Madre del Sur mountain range in southern Mexico (below). The thick smoke from these fires extends northwards towards the Sierra Madre Oriental Range (above), filling the lowlands in between the two mountain chains. A few fires can also be seen towards the top, in the Sierra Madre Oriental, releasing smoke towards the south.

The Sierra Madre del Sur extends 1000 km from southern Michoacán east through Guerrero, to the Istmo de Tehuantepec in eastern Oaxaca. The Sierra Madre del Sur pine-oak forests occupy the higher reaches of the range. These forests are part of a chain of pine-oak forests that stretch from the southwestern United States to Costa Rica along the American Cordillera.

Lower elevations of the range are covered by tropical dry forests. The Jalisco dry forests occupy the western end of the range’s Pacific slope. The Southern Pacific dry forests occupy most of the Pacific slope of the range, from Michoacan in the west through Guerrero and Oaxaca.

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