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Northern Luzon and Babuyan Islands, Philippines

17.2N 120.8E

June 16th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Philippines - May 23rd, 2011

This image shows the northern part of the island of Luzon, in the Philippines. The northern area contains the large mountain range, the Cordillera Central which is covered in a mixture of Luzon tropical pine forests and Luzon montane rain forests.

Visible across the Babuyan Channel, to the north of the island, are the Babuyan Islands. They form an archipelago consisting of five major islands located in the Luzon Strait north of Luzon island in the Philippines. Geologically the islands are part of the Luzon Volcanic Arc.

Visible at the lower left is the Lingayen Gulf, an extension of the South China Sea by Luzon that sits between the Zambales Mountains and the Cordillera Central. The Agno River drains into the gulf.

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