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Belisario Domínguez (La Angostura) Reservoir in Mexico

16.0N 92.4W

January 29th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Mexico - January 16th, 2011

Visible in this center of this image is the long Belisario Domínguez Reservoir (also commonly known as La Angostura Reservoir), the largest reservoir in the Mexican State of Chiapas.

The lake was created by a dam on the Grijalva. River The dam and lake were made in order to regularize irrigation and generate hydroelectric power.

Mountains of Quiché and Lowlands of Petén, Guatemala

16.2N 90.2W

December 19th, 2010 Category: Mountains, Rivers

Guatemala - December 18th, 2010

The full version of this APM image stretches from Guatemala’s Petén Region (above), across a small portion of the Mexican state of Chiapas, to Guatemala’s Quiché (below, left) and Alta Verapaz (below, right) departments.

The topographical composition of El Quiché is dominated by the central highlands and the mountain ranges of the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes, Sierra de Chuacús, and the foothills of the volcanic mountain range on the department’s South-Western border with Chimaltenango, which together make up for 79% of the department’s territory. The northern part of the department is formed by tropical lowlands which cover 21% of the department’s territory.

These tropical lowlands extend across Chiapas, Mexico and into Guatemala’s Petén department. Much of the western border with Mexico is formed by the Usumacinta River and its tributary the Salinas River, visible in the center of the full image. Portions of the southern border of the department are formed by the rivers Gracias a Dios and Santa Isabel.

Fires in Southeastern Mexico

17.3N 94.2W

May 8th, 2009 Category: Fires

Fires in Mexico - May 7th, 2009

Fires in Mexico - May 7th, 2009

Fires burning in southeastern Mexico create widespread clouds of smoke over valleys, particularly in the states of Guerrero, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Chiapas and Tasbasco. Part of the Yucatán Peninsula can also be seen to the right.

Two main clusters of fires are visible in the main image: one on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, the land area where the distance between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean is shortest, and one to the southwest on the Guerrero-Oaxaca border.

These fires were probably set by people to clear land for agriculture and logging and fueled by the lack of dampness at the end of Mexico’s dry season, which runs from November to May.

Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico

April 22nd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Mexico - April 13th, 2009

Mexico - April 13th, 2009

The Isthmus of Tehuantepec is an isthmus in Mexico that represents the shortest distance between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. Geographically, the isthmus divides North America from Central America.

The isthmus includes the southeastern parts of Veracruz and Oaxaca, which are on the west, as well as small areas of Chiapas and Tabasco, which are east of the isthmus. Here, part of the Yucatán Peninsula can also be seen to the right.

The Isthmus of Tehuantepec is 200 km (125 miles) across at its narrowest point from gulf to gulf, or 192 km (120 miles) to the head of Laguna Superior on the Pacific coast. The both coasts of the isthmus are relatively free of sediments, while that of the peninsula is not.

The Sierra Madre breaks down at this point into a broad, plateau-like ridge, whose elevation, at the highest point reached by the Tehuantepec railway at Chivela Pass, is 224 m (735 ft).

The northern side of the isthmus is swampy and densely covered with jungle, as can be observed from its green and brown colors.