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Northern Mountains and Margarita Island, Venezuela – February 26th, 2012

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February 26th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

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In the upper part of this wide-swath ASAR image, in the Caribbean Sea off the northeastern coast of Venezuela, is Margarita Island (Isla de Margarita), the largest island of the state of Nueva Esparta in Venezuela. The state also contains two other smaller islands: Coche and Cubagua. The island is formed by two peninsulas joined by an isthmus. It covers an area of 1,020 km². It splits into two sections linked by an 18-km (11-mi) spit of sand. It is 78 km long and its widest side measures roughly 20 km.

Visible on the mainland to the south, parallel to the coast, are Venezuela’s the northern mountains. They exten in a broad east-west arc from the Colombian border along the northern Caribbean coast, the wide plains in central Venezuela, and the Guiana highlands in the southeast. The northern mountains are the extreme northeastern extensions of South America’s Andes mountain range reach.

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