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Islands Marías and Teacapan Estuary, Mexico

21.6N 106.5W

February 28th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Mexico - January 4th, 2012

Visible on the left side of this image are the Islas Marías, an archipelago of four islands that belong to Mexico. They are located in the Pacific Ocean, some 100 km (62 mi) off the coast of the state of Nayarit. They are part of the municipality (municipio) of San Blas, Nayarit. In 2010 the archipelago was designated Biosphere reserve by the UNESCO.

Visible on the mainland opposite the islands (the green area along the coast to the northeast of the archipelago) is the Teacapan Estuary. This long outlet drains two large coastal lagoons, Agua Grande Lagoon in Sinaloa on its northern end and Agua Brava Lagoon in Nayarit at its southern end, into the Pacific Ocean at its mouth, the Boca Teacapan. The estuary forms part of the border between the Escuinapa Municipality, Sinaloa, and the Tecuala Municipality of Nayarit. The Teacapan Estuary is also fed by the Acaponeta River in its southern arm, and the Cañas River in the northern arm

Vegetation Index of Pacific Coast of Mexico and Islas Marías

21.6N 106.5W

February 11th, 2012 Category: Vegetation Index

Mexico - January 4th, 2012

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of the Pacific Coast of Mexico, in the states of Sinaloa, Nayarit and Jalisco (following the coastline from the upper left to the bottom right). The index is highest along the coastal plain, where green false-coloring indicates good levels of photosynthetic activity.

The index becomes progressively lower (yellow) as one moves further inland. A few patches of high activity (rusty red) can be observed in a marshy area near the coast, parallel to the Islas Marías (“Mary Islands”), an archipelago of four islands that belong to Mexico. They are located in the Pacific Ocean, some 100 km off the coast of the state of Nayarit and were designated a Biosphere reserve by the UNESCO. Here, they show good photosynthetic activity.

Islas Marías Near Bahía de Banderas, Mexico

20.4N 105.6W

February 17th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Mexico - January 16th, 2011

The Islas Marías (“Mary Islands”) are an archipelago of four islands that belong to Mexico. They are located in the Pacific Ocean, some 100 km (60 miles) off the coast of the state of Nayarit.

To the southeast, the part of the Mexican mainland extending furthest west is Cabo Corrientes, a cape on the Pacific coast of the Mexican state of Jalisco. It marks the southernmost point of the Bahía de Banderas.

Bahía de Banderas (Bay of Flags) is both a bay and a municipality in the Mexican state of Nayarit. The bay, site of the tourist destination Puerto Vallarta, is bounded on the north by Punta Mita and on the south by Cape Corrientes. It straddles the states of Jalisco and Nayarit and is the largest natural bay in Mexico.