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Terrain of the British and U.S. Virgin Islands

18.4N 64.6W

January 20th, 2012 Category: Mountains

Puerto Rico - January 3rd, 2012

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows the Virgin Islands, the eastern island group of the Leeward Islands. The Leeward Islands are the northern part of the Lesser Antilles, which form the border between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Politically, the eastern islands form the British Virgin Islands and the western ones form the United States Virgin Islands.

Here, Puerto Rico is partially visible at the left edge. The island southeast of Puerto Rico is Vieques, an island-municipality of Puerto Rico. The island near the bottom edge is Saint Croix, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The remaining islands above are divided among the British and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Most of the islands are volcanic in origin and have a hilly, rugged terrain. Anegada, one of the British Virgin Islands, is geologically distinct from the rest of the group and is a flat island composed of limestone and coral. Saint Croix, the largest of the US Virgin Islands, also has a flatter terrain.

Fires Near Wetlands by Honduras-Nicaragua Border

15.3N 83.8W

December 14th, 2011 Category: Fires, Lakes, Wetlands

Honduras - December 11th, 2011

This image shows the coastline of Honduras (upper left) and Nicaragua, an area historically known as the “Mosquito Coast”, a narrow strip of territory fronting the Caribbean Sea that stretched inland for an average distance of 40 miles (64 km), and measured about 225 miles (362 km) from north to south.

Here, this coastal area is flanked by sediments, and several lagoons and areas of wetlands can be observed by the Honduras-Nicaragua border. The largest lagoon is the Laguna de Caratasca, appearing dark blue to the west but mostly brown from sediments. In the full image, a fire can be observed to the southwest of the lagoon, releasing a plume of smoke towards the southeast.

Also visible in the full image is Lake Nicaragua (bottom), a vast freshwater lake in Nicaragua with an area of 8264 km2. It is intermittently joined by the Tipitapa River to Lake Managua. The lake drains to the Caribbean Sea via the San Juan River.

Hispaniola, Inagua and the Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean Sea

21.0N 73.3W

December 6th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Haiti - November 20th, 2011

This image reaches across Hispaniola (completely visible in the full image, with Haiti to the west and the Dominican Republic to the east), to Inagua (near left edge) and the Turks and Caicos (near top edge).

Inagua is the southernmost district of the Bahamas comprising the islands of Great Inagua and Little Inagua. Great Inagua is the third largest island in The Bahamas at 596 sq mi (1544 km²) and lies about 55 miles (90 km) from the eastern tip of Cuba. The island is about 55 miles long by 19 miles wide (90 x 30 km), and the highest point is 108 ft (33 m).

Bahama Banks and Caribbean Nations

23.6N 75.5W

November 17th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica and Neighboring Islands- November 14th, 2011

This image offers a look at central to eastern Cuba (left), Jamaica (lower center), Haiti (lower right), the Turks and Caicos islands (center right) and the Bahamas (upper left).

The waters around the Bahamas appear light blue, then suddenly change to navy blue, as they are significantly shallower – they flow over carbonate platforms that abruptly drop off to great depths. These platforms are known as the Bahama Banks.

Windward Passage Separating Cuba and Hispaniola

20.0N 73.8W

November 12th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Cuba - November 9th, 2011

This image stretches from the Bahamas (upper left) and the Turks and Caicos islands (above, center), across eastern Cuba (left), and Hispaniola (which includes Haiti, by the image center, and the Dominican Republic, partially obscured by clouds, to the right), and down to Jamaica (lower left).

Cuba and Hispaniola are separated by the Windward Passage, a strait in the Caribbean Sea. More specifically, the strait lies between the easternmost region of Cuba and the northwest of Haiti. 80km wide, the Windward Passage has a threshold depth of 1,700m. It connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean Sea.