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States of Chihuahua and Sonora, Mexico

29.1N 111W

January 20th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Mexico - November 18th, 2009

Mexico - November 18th, 2009

The majority of the land in this image belongs to the Mexican states of Sonora (west) and Chihuahua (east), although parts of the states of Durango and Sinaloa are also visible towards the bottom. The state of Baja California Sud is entirely visible on the peninsula to the left, as is the southern part of Baja California. Finally, a small part of Texas, USA can be seen in the upper right quadrant.

Although Chihuahua is primarily identified with its namesake, the Chihuahuan Desert, it has more forests than any other state. On the slope of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains (around the regions of Casas Grandes, Cuauhtémoc and Parral), there are vast prairies of short yellow grass, the source of the bulk of the state’s agricultural production.

Sonora’s western shores are washed by the Sea of Cortez (or Gulf of California, as it is also known), which is connected to the Pacific Ocean further south. The Sonoran coastline is 1,208 km long, while its land border with Chihuahua is 592 km. Sonora is the second largest state in Mexico (184,934 km²), representing 9.2% of the nation’s total area.

Sonora consists of four physiographic regions: The Sierra Madre Occidental, Parallel Mountains and Valleys, the Sonoran Desert, and the Coast of the Gulf of California. Sonora is located in a climactic strip in the northern hemisphere that has formed various deserts around the globe. The state is located at the same latitude as the deserts of North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and other regions.

Bahía Concepción in Mexican State of Baja California Sud

26.8N 111.9W

September 26th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Mexico - September 6th, 2009

Mexico - September 6th, 2009

Bahía Concepción, left of center, is one of the largest bays in the Mexican state of Baja California Sud, south of Mulege. The waters of the bay fill the area between the Baja mainland and the rocky, barren peninsula of Concepción.

The bay’s west coast is lined by sandy beaches, and its waters tend to be shallow, temperate and calm. Some beaches provide a winter home to snowbirds from colder latitudes.

The contours of the mountains and hills south and west of the bay can be observed without geometric distortion in this orthorectified image. Some of the peaks reach heights of over 1000 meters.