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Smoke Over Términos Lagoon and Bay of Campeche, Mexico

18.6N 91.5W

May 20th, 2013 Category: Fires

Mexico – May 21st, 2013

Smoke from fires blazing in southern Mexico blows over the Términos Lagoon, at the base of the Yucatán Peninsula, and across the Bay of Campeche and Gulf of Mexico. The location, widespread nature, and number of fires suggest that they were deliberately set to manage land.

Sediments In and Around Términos Lagoon, Mexico

18.6N 91.5W

December 17th, 2012 Category: Sediments

Mexico – December 16th, 2012

Bright tan and green sediments spill forth from the Laguna de Términos (Términos Lagoon), in Carmen Municipality in the southwestern part of the Mexican state of Campeche. The lagoon is actually a series of rich, sediment-laden lagoons and tidal estuaries connected by two channels to the Bay of Campeche in the southern part of Gulf of Mexico. Moving eastward from its swampy shores up the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, the sediments take on a bright blue and then green color. The city of Campeche can be seen by the coast near the color-change, and the city of Merida can be seen further northeast, slightly inland, in the upper right corner.

Fires On and Near Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico

19.0N 90.6W

May 8th, 2012 Category: Fires

Mexico - May 8th, 2012

Fires near and on the Yucatán Peninsula release clouds of grey smoke. The blazes are greater in number to the southwest, towards the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, but some can also be seen in the northern part of the peninsula.

Along with the smoke, the skies over the peninsula are dotted with popcorn clouds, a common phenomenon in the atmosphere above photosynthesizing plants. Offshore, the coast of the peninsula is lined by teal sediments, particularly west of the Términos Lagoon, along the Bay of Campeche.

Sediments and Fires by Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico

18.9N 91W

April 27th, 2012 Category: Fires, Sediments

Mexico - April 24th, 2012

Bright green and blue sediments line the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, located mostly in Mexico. They spread particularly far offshore along the western coast of the peninsula, in the Bay of Campeche. Visible to the south and southwest, on and near the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, is smoke from multiple wildfires. While individual plumes of smoke can be pinpointed upon opening the full image, there is also a general veil of smoke blowing southwest, over the Pacific Ocean.

Sediments in Términos Lagoon and Environmental Issues Affecting the Area, Mexico

18.6N 91.5W

April 25th, 2012 Category: Sediments

Mexico - April 20th, 2012

Greenish sediments and phytoplankton color the waters of the Términos Lagoon and the coast of the Bay of Campeche, Mexico, by the Yucatán Peninsula. The Laguna de Términos (Términos Lagoon) is made up of a series of rich, sediment-laden lagoons and tidal estuaries. Every nine days, approximately 50% of the lagoon’s water volume is renewed, primarily through the effect of ocean tides.

The biggest influence on the area and a possible threat are the operations of state-owned oil company, Pemex operating within the area, which was designated as a protected area by the Mexican government.  The drilling of oil wells and the construction of pipelines can destroy habitat. Additionally, oil spills are a continual threat. Other possible threats include habitat change through population growth in the surrounding area.