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El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve on Baja California Peninsula, Mexico – June 21st, 2012

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June 21st, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Wetlands

Mexico- December 29th, 2011

The wetlands area visible in the center of this image of Mexico is the El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve, created in 1988. More precisely, it is located in Mulegé Municipality in northern Baja California Sur, at the center of the Baja California 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. Sediments and possibly phytoplankton can be seen spilling out of the inlets of the reserve and into the Pacific.

Western Mexico, from Coastal Plains to the Sierra Madre Occidental

April 28th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Snapshots

Mexico - April 13th, 2009

Mexico - April 13th, 2009

The terrain visible in this image of western Mexico ranges from arid desert to fertile coastal plains to mountains.

The arid area can be seen along the western coast of the state of Baja California Sur, as the Baja California Desert extends along the Pacific side of the peninsula for most of its length.

The green area along the coastline is part of the state of Sinaloa.  Sinaloa is bordered to the north by Sonora and Chihuahua; to the south, by Nayarit; to the east by Durango, and to the west, across the Gulf of California, Baja California Sur. The coastal plain area has a subtropical climate.

Just east of the Sinaloa coastal plain are the foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental Range, which dominates the eastern part of the state.

Further south, at the bottom right, near the city of Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco, is Lake Chapala, Mexico’s largest freshwater lake. The lake, at 1,524 metres above sea level, appears white due to sun glint.