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

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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.