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El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve on Baja California Peninsula, Mexico

27.3N 114.5W

December 6th, 2012 Category: Deserts

Mexico – December 4th, 2012

The green area surrounded by tan desert nested in a nook on the western side of the Baja Californina Peninsula is the El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve. More precisely, 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 and certainly the most diverse. The animals and plants of this territory have adapted themselves to the region’s extreme desert conditions with little rainfall, intense winds and an ecosystem which has produced thousands of endemic species of plants and animal life found nowhere else in the world.

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

28.0N 114.1W

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.

El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve and islands by Baja California Peninsula, Mexico

27.9N 114.1W

December 11th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Mexico - December 10th, 2011

The El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve can be observed just below the middle of this image, 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.

Several large islands can also be seen in the image: Cedros Island, near the center of the left edge, Archangel Island, at the top center, and  Tiburón Island, at the top right. Cedros Island is separated from the Baja California Peninsula by the 100 km (62 mi)-wide Sebastián Vizcaíno Bay.

On the other side of the peninsula, Archangel Island, or Isla Ángel de la Guarda, is separated from Baja California by the Canal de Ballenas. Tiburón Island is located along the eastern shore of the Gulf of California, opposite Isla Ángel de la Guarda. It is both the largest island in the Gulf of California and the largest island in Mexico.

Colorado River Mouth and Gran Desierto de Altar, USA and Mexico – November 24th, 2011

31.9N 114.4W

November 24th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Rivers, Volcanoes

Mexico - November 23rd, 2011

The Colorado River is a river in the Southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, approximately 2,330 kilometers (1,450 mi) long. Here, it can be seen at its mouth, empyting tan sediments into the Gulf of California between the Baja California peninsula and mainland Mexico.

Visible extending across much of the northern border of the Gulf of California, is the Gran Desierto de Altar. One of the major portions of the Sonoran Desert of Mexico, including the only active erg dune region in North America, it reaches more than 100 kilometers east to west, and over 50 km north to south.

The dark brown area amidst the desert sands is the Pinacate Peaks (Sierra Pinacate), a group of volcanic peaks and cinder cones located mostly in the Mexican state of Sonora along the international border adjacent to the U.S. state of Arizona, surrounded by the vast sand dune field of the Gran Desierto de Altar, at the desert’s southeast.

El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve on Baja California Peninsula, Mexico

27.8N 114.4W

November 7th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Mexico - November 7th, 2011

Cutting diagonally across this image is the Baja California peninsula, near mainland Mexico (upper right). The Peninsula extends 1,247 kilometres (775 mi) from Mexicali, Baja California in the north to Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur in the south. Its land mass separates the Pacific Ocean from the Gulf of California.

Of particular note on the peninsula is the El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve, visible near the shoreline in the upper left quadrant. Created in 1988, is located in Mulegé Municipality in northern Baja California Sur, at the center of the Baja California Peninsula. With a landmass of over 55,555 square-mile (143,600 square km) it is the largest wildlife refuge in all of Latin America.

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