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Isla Espíritu Santo, Mexico

24.4N 110.3W

June 27th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Mexico - June 22nd, 2009

Mexico - June 22nd, 2009

The golden tan terrain of several islands off the Mexican state of Baja California Sur appears particularly bright in comparison with the dark blue waters of the Gulf of California.

The three largest islands visible are, from left to right, Isla San José, Isla Espíritu Santo and Isla Cerralvo.

Of particular note is Isla Espíritu Santo, which is protected by the UNESCO, and whose coastline is a series of deep curves.

Espíritu Santo has a land area of 80.763 km² (31.183 sq mi), the 12th-largest island in Mexico. It is connected to Isla Partida by a narrow isthmus. Isla Partida’s land area is 15.495 km² (5.983 sq mi).

The area is protected under UNESCO as a biosphere, and its importance as an eco-tourism destination is the main factor. The islands are both uninhabited.

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