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Sediments in Gulf of Venezuela and Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela – June 24th, 2011

9.5N 71.3W

June 24th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Venezuela - June 21st, 2011

Sediments give the Gulf of Venezuela a greenish hue. Those near the Guajira Peninsula (left) are lighter in color than those entering the gulf from Lake Maracaibo (bottom).

The sediments and algae in the Lake Maracaibo, actually a large, brackish bay, are dark green. It is connected to the Gulf of Venezuela by Tablazo Strait (55km) at the northern end, and fed by numerous rivers, the largest being the Catatumbo.

 

Gulf of Venezuela and Maracaibo Lake, Venezuela and Colombia

11.5N 71.4W

March 1st, 2011 Category: Lakes

Venezuela - February 13th, 2011

The Gulf of Venezuela is a gulf of the Caribbean Sea bounded by the Venezuelan states of Zulia and Falcón and by Guajira Department, Colombia. A 54 km (34 mi) strait connects it with Maracaibo Lake to the south.

Sediments line the southern shores of the gulf and are particularly dense just west of the Médanos Isthmus (right edge), which connects Paraguaná Peninsula with the rest of Falcón State.

Sediments Framing the Guajira Peninsula, Colombia and Venezuela – January 14th, 2010

12.4N 71.6W

January 14th, 2010 Category: Image of the day

Colombia - December 31st, 2009

Colombia - December 31st, 2009

The Guajira Peninsula, or Peninsula de La Guajira in Spanish, is a peninsula in northern Colombia and northwestern Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea. Upon opening the full image, sediments can be seen framing the entire coastline and diffusing into the Gulf of Venezuela to the East.

It is the northernmost peninsula in South America and has an area of 25,000 km² (5500 square miles) extending from the Manaure Bay (Colombia) to the Calabozo Ensenada in the Gulf of Venezuela (Venezuela), and from the Caribbean Sea to the Serrania del Perija mountains range. The northernmost part of the peninsula is called Punta Gallinas and is also considered the northernmost part of mainland South America.

It was the subject of a dispute between Venezuela and Colombia in 1891, and on arbitration was awarded to the latter and joined to its Magdalena Department. Nowadays, most of the territory is part of Colombia, making part of the Department of La Guajira, while the remaining strip pertains to the Venezuelan State of Zulia.

Gulf of Venezuela Between Guajira and Paraguaná Peninsulas – December 25th, 2009

10.6N 71.6W

December 25th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Venezuela - December 16th, 2009

Venezuela - December 16th, 2009

Sediments in the Gulf of Venezuela appear greenish by the Guajira Peninsula, on the west side of the gulf, and brown below the Paraguaná Peninsula, on the east side. The gulf is connected to Lake Maracaibo, in Venezuela to the south, by the 54 km Tablazo Strait. Beneath the partial cloud cover the lake appears greyish blue.

The Paraguaná Peninsula is a peninsula in Venezuela, situated in the north of Falcón state. The island of Aruba lies 27 km to the north. Bonaire and Curaçao are slightly further away. The Paraguaná Peninsula is connected to the rest of the state by a natural isthmus of Médanos.

The Guajira Peninsula, on the other hand, is shared by Colombia and Venezuela. It is the northernmost peninsula in South America and has an area of 25,000 km² (5500 square miles) extending from the Manaure Bay (Colombia) to the Calabozo Ensenada in the Gulf of Venezuela (Venezuela), and from the Caribbean Sea to the Serrania del Perija mountains range. The part of the peninsula furthest to the north is called Punta Gallinas; it is also considered the northernmost part of mainland South America.

The Gulf of Venezuela and Lake Maracaibo – November 4th, 2009

9.4N 71.4W

November 4th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Venezuela and Colombia - September 30th, 2009

Venezuela and Colombia - September 30th, 2009

Sediments in the Gulf of Venezuela (top center) leave thick light brown sediments by the Paraguaná Peninsula on the east side of the gulf, and greenish sediments on the west side by the Guajira Peninsula.

The Gulf, also known as the Gulf of Coquivacoa, by the Venezuelan states of Zulia and Falcón and the Colombian department (state) of Guajira.

It is connected to Lake Maracaibo, in Venezuela to the south, by the 54 km Tablazo Strait. The lake, appearing silvery here due to sun glint, is large and brackish. It is fed by numerous rivers, the largest being the Catatumbo.

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