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Sierra de la Laguna Mountains at Southern Tip of Baja California Peninsula, Mexico – March 30th, 2011

23.6N 110W

March 30th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Mexico - March 29th, 2011

The dark brown area towards the end of the otherwise tan Baja California Peninsula of Mexico is the Sierra de la Laguna, a mountain range that is the southernmost of the Peninsular Ranges.

The southern tip of the peninsula, including the Sierra de la Laguna, was formerly an island, and it has a distinctive flora and fauna, with many affinities to southern Mexico.

Several small islands are visible offshore in the upper part of the image, in the Gulf of California (or Sea of Cortez). The largest are Isla Cerralvo (right) and Isla Espíritu Santo (left). Just northwest of the latter, and connected to it via a narrow isthmus, is the smaller Isla Partida.

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