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Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve on Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico

19.1N 87.8W

December 27th, 2012 Category: Wetlands

Mexico – December 25th, 2012

These bright green lagoons on the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula are part of the Sian Ka’an, a biosphere reserve in the municipality of Tulum in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Part of the 5,280 km² reserve is on land and part is in the Caribbean Sea, including a section of coral reef. Over 200 conservation projects have been successfully carried out in order to protect areas of high biodiversity value, such as the coral reefs, and archaeological sites of the Maya civilization.

White Sands of Eighty Mile Beach, Australia

19.7S 121.0E

June 10th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Australia - May 23rd, 2011

The long stretch of white sand extending into turquoise water along the northwestern coast of Australia is the aptly named Eighty Mile Beach, half way between Broome and Port Hedland.

Further down the coast, tan sediments pour into the waters of the Indian Ocean. Near the top of the image, some coral reefs can be seen.


Mountains and Coral Reefs of Papua New Guinea

8.9S 147.6E

March 13th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Papua New Guinea - February 17th, 2011

This image shows southeastern Papua New Guinea, the world’s fifty-fourth largest country. The country’s geography is diverse and, in places, extremely rugged.

A spine of mountains, the New Guinea Highlands, runs the length of the island of New Guinea, forming a populous highlands region mostly covered with tropical rainforest. Dense rainforests can be found in the lowland and coastal areas as well as very large wetland areas.

Also, Papua New Guinea is surrounded by coral reefs, some of which can be observed in the full image to the right of the eastern tip of the island.

The country is situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire, at the point of collision of several tectonic plates. There are a number of active volcanoes, and eruptions are frequent

Mountains of Mindanao Island, Philippines

7.8N 124.8E

April 23rd, 2010 Category: Mountains

Philippines - March 5th, 2010

Philippines - March 5th, 2010

Mindanao is the second largest and easternmost island in the Philippines. It is also one of the three island groups in the country, along with Luzon and Visayas. The island group of Mindanao encompasses Mindanao island itself and the Sulu Archipelago to the southwest. The island group is divided into six regions, which are further subdivided into 25 provinces.

The mountains of Mindanao include both complex structural mountains and volcanoes. Paralleling the east coast, from Bilas Point in Surigao del Norte to Cape Agustin in southeast Davao, is a range of complex mountains known in their northern portion as the Diwata Mountains. This range is low and rolling in its central portion.

The east-facing coastal regions of Davao and Surigao del Sur are marked by a series of small coastal lowlands separated from each other by rugged forelands which extend to the water’s edge. Offshore are numerous coral reefs and tiny islets.

Sinai Peninsula Between Gulf of Suez and Gulf of Aqaba, Egypt

29.5N 34.0E

March 15th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Egypt - March 5th, 2010

Egypt - March 5th, 2010

The Sinai Peninsula or Sinai is a triangular peninsula in Egypt that lies between the Mediterranean Sea to the north, and the Red Sea to the south (lower portion of image). The Gulf of Suez is located on the west side of the peninsula, and the Gulf of Aqaba, on the east side. Many islands and coral reefs are visible here in the Red Sea and the Gulfs.

The Sinai Peninsula, which has a surface area of about 60,000 km2 (23,000 sq mi),  serves as a land bridge between Africa and Asia. In fact, it is the only part of Egypt located in the latter continent.