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

27.9N 114.1W

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.

Mountains and Coastal Plains of Baja California Sur, Mexico

25.3N 112.1W

February 27th, 2012 Category: Mountains

Mexico - January 4th, 2012

This image shows the southern part of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. The state is characterized by deserts, mountains and coastal flatlands, with a mostly desert-like climate throughout. Parallel to the coast lies the Sierra de la Giganta, with pine and oak forests, while coastal flatlands lie to the west.

Visible in the upper left quadrant of the full image is Bahía Magdalena (Magdalena Bay), a 50 km long bay in Comondú Municipality along the western coast of Baja California Sur. It is protected from the Pacific Ocean by the sandy barrier islands of Isla Magdalena and Isla Santa Margarita. This bay is particularly noted for the seasonal migration of the California Gray Whales and for nearby mangrove swamps that provide sanctuaries for sea birds.

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.

Sediments in Northern Gulf of California, Mexico – November 2nd, 2011

29.0N 113W

November 2nd, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

Mexico - October 30th, 2011

The Gulf of California (also known as the Sea of Cortez or Sea of Cortés) is a body of water that separates the Baja California Peninsula from the Mexican mainland. It is bordered by the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora, and Sinaloa with a coastline of approximately 2,500 mi (4,000 km).

Rivers which flow into the Gulf of California include the Colorado, Fuerte, Mayo, Sinaloa, Sonora, and the Yaqui. Here, sediments from the Colorado River can be seen flowing into the northern end of the gulf, giving it a tan color than turns to green as they diffuse.

Baja California Sur, Mexico

25.6N 112.3W

June 28th, 2011 Category: Clouds, Fires

Mexico - June 21st, 2011

The image focuses on the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, in the southern half of the Baja California Peninsula.

The state is characterized by deserts, mountains and coastal flatlands, and has a mostly desert-like climate.

An interesting, semi-circular pattern can be seen in the clouds south of the peninsula. To the east, a wildfire can be seen burning on the Mexican mainland.