Southern California, USA, and Baja California, Mexico – December 24th, 200931.7N 114.7W
This image stretches from the southern half of the California Central Valley, USA, in the upper left quadrant, to El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve, in Baja California, Mexico, in the lower right quadrant. In between the two, the Colorado River spills tan sediments around Montague Island into the Sea of Cortes, also known as the Gulf of California.
Several mountain ranges can also be observed, including the Sierra Nevada Range, which bounds the California Central Valley to the east, the Tehachapi Mountains, south of the valley.
East of the Sierra Nevada ranges lies the large desert of the Intermontane Plateaus a large, arid desert. The southern portion of this region, known as the Great Basin, contains salt flats, drainage basins, and many smaller mountain ranges running north to south.