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Laguna Madre and Cities of Saltillo and Monterrey, USA and Mexico – January 11th, 2012

25.6N 100.3W

January 11th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains

Mexico and USA - January 10th, 2012

The flat, coastal plains near the Texas-Mexico border contrast with the mountain ranges in Mexico visible further inland. Two large cities can be observed by these mountain ridges: Saltillo (closer to left edge) and Monterrey (slightly northeast of the former).

Visible by the coast are two large lagoons. The thin, green one at the top right is the Laguna Madre, a long shallow hypersaline bay along the western coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Texas, USA. It is separated by the roughly 20-mile (32 km) long Saltillo Flats land bridge into Upper and Lower bays. Cumulatively, Laguna Madre is approximately 130 miles (209 km) long, the length of Padre Island. The main extensions include, Baffin Bay in Upper Laguna Madre, Red Fish Bay just below the Saltillo Flats and South Bay (Texas) near the Mexican border.

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