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Gulf of Mexico Coast from Matagorda Bay to Laguna de Tamiahua, USA and Mexico

25.6N 100.3W

June 22nd, 2011 Category: Fires, Mountains

Mexico and USA - June 20th, 2011

Popcorn clouds dot the skies near the border between Texas, USA, and eastern Mexico, near the shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

Numerous sediment-filled bays and lagoons can be observed along the coast, from Matagorda Bay at the top right corner to Laguna de Tamiahua at the bottom edge.

The former is a large estuary bay on the Texas coast, separated from the Gulf of Mexico by Matagorda Peninsula. The latter is a brackish lagoon in the Mexican state of Veracruz, separated from the Gulf by Cabo Rojo, a barrier of quartzite sand deposited adjacent to the coast.

Inland, slightly southwest of the center of the image, is the city of Monterrey. It lies north of the foothills of the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range, east of the Cerro de las Mitras mountain, and west of Cerro de la Silla (Saddle Mountain). In the full image, smoke from a fire can be observed in the mountains southeast of the city.

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