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Mountains and Coastal Plains of Baja California Sur, Mexico

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February 27th, 2012 Category: Mountains

Mexico - January 4th, 2012

This image shows the southern part of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. The state is characterized by deserts, mountains and coastal flatlands, with a mostly desert-like climate throughout. Parallel to the coast lies the Sierra de la Giganta, with pine and oak forests, while coastal flatlands lie to the west.

Visible in the upper left quadrant of the full image is Bahía Magdalena (Magdalena Bay), a 50 km long bay in Comondú Municipality along the western coast of Baja California Sur. It is protected from the Pacific Ocean by the sandy barrier islands of Isla Magdalena and Isla Santa Margarita. This bay is particularly noted for the seasonal migration of the California Gray Whales and for nearby mangrove swamps that provide sanctuaries for sea birds.

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