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Sierra Madre Oriental East of Mexican Plateau, Mexico

24.1N 100W

June 1st, 2010 Category: Mountains

Mexico - May 4th, 2010

Mexico - May 4th, 2010

Mexico can be divided into nine major physiographic regions: Baja California, the Pacific Coastal Lowlands, the Mexican Plateau, the Sierra Madre Oriental, the Sierra Madre Occidental, the Cordillera Neo-Volcánica, the Gulf Coastal Plain, the Southern Highlands, and the Yucatán Peninsula.

This image focuses on the Sierra Madre Oriental, a range of folded mountains formed of shales and limestones, is situated on the eastern side of the Mexican Plateau. It is often considered an extension of the Rocky Mountains (which are cut by the Rio Grande but continue in New Mexico and western Texas).

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