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From the Salton Sea to the White Sands Dune Fields, Mexico and USA

31.7N 111.7W

April 27th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Mexico - April 15th, 2011

The Salton Sea appears as a small, dark blue, pear-shaped  mark in near the upper left corner of this thumbnail image near the California-Mexico border, although it and the agriculture to the south of it can be viewed in great detail in the full image.

Continuing southeastward along the agricultural zones, one passes the sandy Desierto de Altar before coming to the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California), whose northermost reaches are green due to the influx of sediments from the Colorado River.

Moving over to the upper right corner, in New Mexico, one can see the White Sands National Monument, a white sand dune field, and the Carrizozo Malpais, a large lava flow that appears as a dark brown line north of the dune field. Both are best observed in the full image.

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