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Gulf of Guacanayabo and Sierra Maestra Mountains, Cuba – February 3rd, 2010

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February 3rd, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Mountains, Rivers

Cuba - December 31st, 2009

Cuba - December 31st, 2009

Gulf of Guacanayabo

Gulf of Guacanayabo

This image of the island nation of Cuba focuses on the central and eastern parts of the country. Of particular note are the Sierra Maestra mountain range, running parallel to the southern coast, and the Gulf of Guacanayabo, a large bay along the southern shores.

The Sierra Maestra is a mountain range that runs westward across the south of the old Oriente Province from what is now Guantánamo Province to Niquero in southeast Cuba, rising abruptly from the coast. The Sierra Maestra is the highest system of Cuba, with Pico Turquino as its highest point at 6,650 ft (1,999 m). It is rich in minerals, especially copper, manganese, chromium, and iron.

The Gulf of Guacanayabo is a bay along the southern coast of Cuba, bordered by Granma and Las Tunas provinces. The largest port on the bay is Manzanillo, and to the north-west, the gulf is bordered by the Jardines de la Reina archipellago. Cuba’s longest river, the Cauto River empties in the Gulf of Guacanayabo.

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