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Fires on Baja California Peninsula, Mexico

31.8N 116.6W

October 30th, 2012 Category: Fires, Rivers, Sediments

USA and Mexico – October 27th, 2012

Fires in Mexico in the northern part of the Baja California Peninsula, south of the city of Tijuana (visible as a greyish tan area by the coast) and just east of the city of Ensenada, release plumes of smoke that blow westward over the Pacific Ocean. Visible on the other side of the peninsula are sediments from the Colorado River entering the Gulf of California or Sea of Cortez.

Salton Sea, Gran Desierto de Altar and Mouth of Colorado River, USA and Mexico

33.2N 115.7W

October 26th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Lakes, Rivers, Sediments

USA and Mexico – October 26th, 2012

Visible in the upper left quadrant of this image is the Salton Sea, a huge but shallow, saline, endorheic rift lake located directly on the San Andreas Fault, predominantly in California’s Imperial and Coachella Valleys.

The lake occupies the lowest elevations of the Salton Sink in the Colorado Desert of Imperial and Riverside counties in Southern California. The sea is fed by the New, Whitewater, and Alamo rivers, as well as agricultural runoff drainage systems and creeks. Visible south of the sea is irrigated land in southern California and Mexico.

In the lower right quadrant, sediments from the Colorado River can be observed spilling into the Gulf of California or Sea of Cortez. The Gran Desierto de Altar, one of the major portions of the Sonoran Desert of Mexico, can also be seen extending across much of the northern border of the Gulf of California. It reaches more than 100 kilometers east to west, and over 50 km north to south, and constitutes the largest continuous wilderness area within the Sonoran Desert, as well as including the only active erg dune region in North America.

El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve on Baja California Peninsula, Mexico – June 21st, 2012

27.9N 114.1W

June 21st, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Wetlands

Mexico- December 29th, 2011

The wetlands area visible in the center of this image of Mexico is the El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve, created in 1988. More precisely, it is located in Mulegé Municipality in northern Baja California Sur, 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. Sediments and possibly phytoplankton can be seen spilling out of the inlets of the reserve and into the Pacific.

Smoke Over Northwestern Mexico and Arizona, USA

30.1N 112.3W

June 5th, 2012 Category: Fires

Mexico - June 1st, 2012

A smoky haze hangs over the Mexican state of Sonora and over the US-border, into Arizona. The smoke is likely from fires burning between the Gulf of California and the mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental, in Mexico, or possibly from fires in the southwestern USA, such as the Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire (or Gila Wilderness blaze). However, due to the insulating effect of the mountains in Mexican parallel to the Pacific Coast, it is more probable that the smoke originates from the former.

Smoke and Wildfires in Western Mexico

25.3N 106.6W

May 24th, 2012 Category: Fires

Mexico - May 22nd, 2012

Fires in western Mexico, between the coast by the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) and the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains that run parallel to it, continue to blaze. Many wildfires have been releasing plumes of smoke over the area since mid-May (click here for previous images).