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Agriculture Between Salton Sea and Gran Desierto de Altar, USA and Mexico – July 27th, 2010

31.8N 113.6W

July 27th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers, Volcanoes

Mexico - June 23rd, 2010

Mexico - June 23rd, 2010

Greenish sediments flow forth from the Colorado River, around Montague Island, and into the Sea of Cortes, left of the image center. Upon opening the full image, more of the sea and the Baja California peninsula in Mexico can be observed.

Near the north shores of the sea is the Gran Desierto de Altar, part of the Sonoran Desert. The dark brown circular area amidst the tan dunes is the Pinacate Peaks (Sierra Pinacate), a volcanic group of volcanic peaks and cinder cones.

Following the river northwards, one comes to an irrigated area in this arid region – the Imperial Valley in southern California. Continuing northwards through the agricultural zone, one finds the Salton Sea, a saline lake. The largest such lake in California, it covers a surface area of approximately 376 sq mi (970 km2).

Southern California, USA, and Baja California, Mexico – December 24th, 2009

31.7N 114.7W

December 24th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Mexico - November 17th, 2009

Mexico - November 17th, 2009

This image stretches from the southern half of the California Central Valley, USA, in the upper left quadrant, to El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve, in Baja California, Mexico, in the lower right quadrant. In between the two, the Colorado River spills tan sediments around Montague Island into the Sea of Cortes, also known as the Gulf of California.

Several mountain ranges can also be observed, including the Sierra Nevada Range, which bounds the California Central Valley to the east, the Tehachapi Mountains, south of the valley.

East of the Sierra Nevada ranges lies the large desert of the Intermontane Plateaus a large, arid desert. The southern portion of this region, known as the Great Basin, contains salt flats, drainage basins, and many smaller mountain ranges running north to south.

Fire in Baja California, Mexico – October 24th, 2008

October 24th, 2008 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Baja California - October 22nd, 2008

Baja California - October 22nd, 2008

Close-up 1: Fire in Northern Baja California

Close-up 1: Fire in Northern Baja California

In this image, taken on the 22nd of October, we can see Baja California. This land is divided into two Mexican states: Baja California and Baja California Sur (South). The border with the United States is also visible in the extreme upper portion of the image, as is San Diego, USA, in the top left corner.

In the first close-up we can see a fire burning in Baja California near the coastline, south of San Diego. The smoke from this fire can be clearly seen blowing out to sea.

In the second image detail we get a better look at Montague Island (Isla Montague) in the Sea of Cortes. A slight algal bloom is visible off the coast.

In the third close-up, we can observe the town of Guerrero Negro, the point of entry into the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. Near this town is the Ojo de Liebre Lagoon (Laguna Ojo de Liebre), part of the Vizcaino Biosphere reserve, famous for the gray whales that come there.

Close-up 2: Montague Island and the Sea of Cortes

Close-up 2: Montague Island and the Sea of Cortes

Close-up 3: Guerrero Negro

Close-up 3: Guerrero Negro