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Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and Lake Maracaibo, Colombia and Venezuela

10.8N 71.6W

August 18th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Colombia and Venezuela - August 5th, 2010

The two peninsulas at the top of this image are the Guajira Peninsula (left, in Colombia) and the Paraguaná Peninsula (right, in Venezuela), separated by the Gulf of Venezuela.

Moving south from the gulf, through the Tablazo Strait, one comes to Lake Maracaibo, in Venezuela. This large lake appears dark greenish blue, here.

West of Lake Maracaibo and southwest of the Guajira Peninsula is a mountain range, near the coast. This triangular-shaped area of mountainous capped with white snow and clouds is the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (Snowy Mountain Range of Saint Martha).

It is an isolated mountain range apart from the Andes chain that runs through Colombia (visible to the east, running southwards). Reaching an altitude of 5,700 metres above sea level just 42 km from the Caribbean coast, the Sierra Nevada is the world’s highest coastal range.

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