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Cordillera Central: Mountains of Puerto Rico – January 17th, 2012

18.2N 66.4W

January 17th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Puerto Rico - January 3rd, 2012

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows the island of Puerto Rico. The maximum length of the main island from east to west is 180 km (110 mi), and the maximum width from north to south is 65 km (40 mi). Puerto Rico is the smallest of the Greater Antilles.

Puerto Rico is mostly mountainous with large coastal areas in the north and south. The main mountain range is called “La Cordillera Central” (The Central Range). The highest elevation in Puerto Rico, Cerro de Punta 1,339 meters (4,393 ft),[117] is located in this range. Another important peak is El Yunque, one of the highest in the Sierra de Luquillo at the El Yunque National Forest, with an elevation of 1,065 m (3,494 ft).

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