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Fires Near Wetlands by Honduras-Nicaragua Border

15.3N 83.8W

December 14th, 2011 Category: Fires, Lakes, Wetlands

Honduras - December 11th, 2011

This image shows the coastline of Honduras (upper left) and Nicaragua, an area historically known as the “Mosquito Coast”, a narrow strip of territory fronting the Caribbean Sea that stretched inland for an average distance of 40 miles (64 km), and measured about 225 miles (362 km) from north to south.

Here, this coastal area is flanked by sediments, and several lagoons and areas of wetlands can be observed by the Honduras-Nicaragua border. The largest lagoon is the Laguna de Caratasca, appearing dark blue to the west but mostly brown from sediments. In the full image, a fire can be observed to the southwest of the lagoon, releasing a plume of smoke towards the southeast.

Also visible in the full image is Lake Nicaragua (bottom), a vast freshwater lake in Nicaragua with an area of 8264 km2. It is intermittently joined by the Tipitapa River to Lake Managua. The lake drains to the Caribbean Sea via the San Juan River.

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