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Sierra de la Laguna Mountains at Southern Tip of Baja California Peninsula, Mexico – March 30th, 2011

23.6N 110W

March 30th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Mexico - March 29th, 2011

The dark brown area towards the end of the otherwise tan Baja California Peninsula of Mexico is the Sierra de la Laguna, a mountain range that is the southernmost of the Peninsular Ranges.

The southern tip of the peninsula, including the Sierra de la Laguna, was formerly an island, and it has a distinctive flora and fauna, with many affinities to southern Mexico.

Several small islands are visible offshore in the upper part of the image, in the Gulf of California (or Sea of Cortez). The largest are Isla Cerralvo (right) and Isla Espíritu Santo (left). Just northwest of the latter, and connected to it via a narrow isthmus, is the smaller Isla Partida.

Isla Espíritu Santo, Mexico

24.4N 110.3W

June 27th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Mexico - June 22nd, 2009

Mexico - June 22nd, 2009

The golden tan terrain of several islands off the Mexican state of Baja California Sur appears particularly bright in comparison with the dark blue waters of the Gulf of California.

The three largest islands visible are, from left to right, Isla San José, Isla Espíritu Santo and Isla Cerralvo.

Of particular note is Isla Espíritu Santo, which is protected by the UNESCO, and whose coastline is a series of deep curves.

Espíritu Santo has a land area of 80.763 km² (31.183 sq mi), the 12th-largest island in Mexico. It is connected to Isla Partida by a narrow isthmus. Isla Partida’s land area is 15.495 km² (5.983 sq mi).

The area is protected under UNESCO as a biosphere, and its importance as an eco-tourism destination is the main factor. The islands are both uninhabited.

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