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Golfo Nuevo Between Valdes Peninsula and Punta Ninfas, Argentina

42.7S 65W

May 19th, 2011 Category: Rivers

Argentina - May 1st, 2011

The Valdes Peninsula juts out into the Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of Argentina. Two gulfs are visible on either side of the irregularly shaped peninsula – Golfo San José to the north, and Golfo Nuevo to the south.

Golfo Nuevo, or New Gulf, is bordered to the south by Punta Ninfas, a promontory  in Chubut Province, Patagonia, Argentina. About 90 km northwest of the point, on the west side of the almost circular gulf, is the city of Puerto Madryn.

The sediments south of the promotory are from the Chubut River, which can be seen crossing the terrain west of the promontory’s southern base.

 

Valdes Peninsula in Argentine Patagonia

42.5S 64.2W

February 9th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Argentina - January 25th, 2010

Argentina - January 25th, 2010

The green of the Pampas (above) gradually fades into the tan of Patagonia as one moves southward in this image of Argentina and parts of Chile (far left). The Valdes Peninsula stands out along the coastline to the right.

The peninsula is located along the Atlantic coast in the Viedma Department in the north east of Chubut Province, Argentina. Its surface area is about 3,625 km². The nearest large town is Puerto Madryn, and the only town on the peninsula itself is the small settlement of Puerto Piramides. There are also a number of estancias, where sheep are raised.

Most of the peninsula is barren land with some salt lakes. It is an important nature reserve which was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. The coastline is inhabited by marine mammals, like sea lions, elephant seals and fur seals. Southern right whales can be found in Golfo Nuevo and Golfo San José, protected bodies of water located between the peninsula and the Patagonian mainland. The inner part of the peninsula is inhabited by rheas, guanacos and maras, as well as a high diversity and range of birds.

Valdés Peninsula and Lakes in Argentine Patagonia

42.5S 64W

October 10th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Argentina - September 30th, 2009

Argentina - September 30th, 2009

Protruding from the coast of Chubut Province  in Argentine Patagonia is the Valdés Peninsula (or Península Valdés in Spanish). Two gulfs border the stretch of land connecting the peninsula to the mainland: Golf San José (above) and Golfo Nuevo (below).

Although much of the 3,625 km² peninsula is barren land, its salt lakes and shoreline provide an important habitat for sea mammals and birds, and is recognized as a nature reserve and UNESCO World Heritage site.

In the upper left quadrant, several lakes can be seen clustered around the Neuquén River (above) and the Limay River (below). All of the lakes are artificial: the southernmost one is a reservoir created by the El Chocón Dam, the pair of reservoirs to the north are part of the Cerros Colorados Complex, and the one to the east is Pellegrini Lake, made by filling a natural depression with water from the Neuquén River.

Bahía Blanca and Valdés Peninsula, Argentina – August 21st, 2009

40.8S 62.9W

August 21st, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Argentina - July 28th, 2009

Argentina - July 28th, 2009

Bahía Blanca

Bahía Blanca

Valdes Peninsula

Valdes Peninsula

Sediments line the eastern shores of the Argentina provinces of Buenos Aires, Río Negro and Chubut (from top to bottom).

These sediments appear most dense in Bahía Blanca (meaning White Bay, although it is actually an estuary), as can be seen in the close-up.

The other close-up focuses on the Valdes Peninsula (called Península Valdés in Spanish) in the north east of Chubut Province, Argentina.

With a surface area of about 3,625 km², most of the peninsula is barren land with some salt lakes. The largest of these lakes is at an elevation of about 40 m below sea level.

The peninsula is an important nature reserve which was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. The coastline is inhabited by marine mammals, like sea lions, elephant seals and fur seals. Southern right whales can be found in Golfo Nuevo (below) and Golfo San José (above), protected bodies of water located between the peninsula and the Patagonian mainland.

These baleen whales come here between May and December, for mating and giving birth, because the water in the gulf is quieter and warmer than in the open sea. Orcas can be found off the coast, in the open sea off the peninsula. In this area, they are known to beach themselves on shore to capture sea lions and elephant seals.

The inner part of the peninsula is inhabited by rheas, guanacos and maras. A high diversity and range of birds live in the peninsula as well; at least 181 bird species, 66 of which are migratory, live in the area, including the Antarctic Pigeon.

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