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Sediments Along Yucatán Peninsula Coast Near Mérida, Mexico

20.9N 89.6W

February 15th, 2013 Category: Sediments

Mexico – January 26th, 2013

Visible as a grey area near the coast is the city of Mérida, located in the northwest part of the state of Yucatán, which occupies the northern portion of the Yucatán Peninsula. Here, sediments can be seen lining the coasts of the peninsula. To the east is the state of Quintana Roo, to the west is the state of Campeche, to the north is the Gulf of Mexico, and far to the south is the state of Chiapas.

The city is also located in the Chicxulub Crater. It has a very flat topography and is only 30 feet (9 m) above sea level. The land outside of Mérida is covered with smaller scrub trees and former henequen fields. Almost no surface water exists, but several cenotes (underground springs and rivers) are found across the state.

Popcorn Clouds Over Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico, Can Indicate Rapid Plant Growth – January 30th, 2013

18.6N 91.5W

January 30th, 2013 Category: Clouds, Sediments

Mexico – January 29th, 2013

The spotty clouds over the Yucatán Peninsula are likely an indication of rapid plant growth after a dry spell. During periods in which little rain falls, plants receive more sunlight, leading to an increase in growth and photosynthesis. The latter, in turn, releases water vapor into the air which then rises and cools, causing it to condense into the small, dotted clouds like those visible here. The clouds are often referred to as “popcorn” clouds due to this dotted appearance. Also of note in the image are sediments framing the coastline, particularly by Términos Lagoon (below).

Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve on Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico

19.1N 87.8W

December 27th, 2012 Category: Wetlands

Mexico – December 25th, 2012

These bright green lagoons on the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula are part of the Sian Ka’an, a biosphere reserve in the municipality of Tulum in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Part of the 5,280 km² reserve is on land and part is in the Caribbean Sea, including a section of coral reef. Over 200 conservation projects have been successfully carried out in order to protect areas of high biodiversity value, such as the coral reefs, and archaeological sites of the Maya civilization.

Fires On and Near Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico

19.0N 90.6W

May 8th, 2012 Category: Fires

Mexico - May 8th, 2012

Fires near and on the Yucatán Peninsula release clouds of grey smoke. The blazes are greater in number to the southwest, towards the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, but some can also be seen in the northern part of the peninsula.

Along with the smoke, the skies over the peninsula are dotted with popcorn clouds, a common phenomenon in the atmosphere above photosynthesizing plants. Offshore, the coast of the peninsula is lined by teal sediments, particularly west of the Términos Lagoon, along the Bay of Campeche.

Sediments and Fires by Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico

18.9N 91W

April 27th, 2012 Category: Fires, Sediments

Mexico - April 24th, 2012

Bright green and blue sediments line the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, located mostly in Mexico. They spread particularly far offshore along the western coast of the peninsula, in the Bay of Campeche. Visible to the south and southwest, on and near the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, is smoke from multiple wildfires. While individual plumes of smoke can be pinpointed upon opening the full image, there is also a general veil of smoke blowing southwest, over the Pacific Ocean.