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El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve on Baja California Peninsula and Nearby Islands, Mexico

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January 14th, 2012 Category: Snapshots

Mexico - January 6th, 2012

Visible on the Baja Peninsula by the Sebastián Vizcaíno Bay is the El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve. It is located in Mulegé Municipality in northern Baja California Sur, at the center of the peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez (or Gulf of California). With a landmass of over 55,555 square-mile (143,600 square km) it is the largest wildlife refuge in all of Latin America.

Several islands can be observed nearby: west of the reserve is Cedros Island (Isla de Cedros, “island of cedars” in Spanish). It is separated from the peninsula by the 100 km (62 mi)-wide Sebastián Vizcaíno Bay, 22 km (13.5 mi) northwest of Punta Eugenia in Mulegé municipality – the westernmost point of the Baja California Sur mainland.

On the other side of the peninsula, in the Sea of Cortez or Gulf of California, are Isla Ángel de la Guarda (left) and Tiburón Island. Isla Ángel de la Guarda, also called Archangel Island, is separated from the Baja California Peninsula by the Canal de Ballenas (Whales Channel). Its neighbor, Tiburón Island (Spanish: Isla del Tiburón or Isla Tiburón), is both the largest island in the Gulf of California and the largest island in Mexico.

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