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Fire Southeast of Lake Chapala, in Michoacán, Mexico

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March 31st, 2013 Category: Fires

Mexico – March 30th, 2013

Situated on the border between the Mexican states of Jalisco and Michoacán, at 45 kilometers south of the city of Guadalajara, is Lake Chapala (upper left quadrant). Visible southeast of the lake is a fire releasing a plume of smoke towards the south, in Michoacán. The state is crossed by the Sierra Madre del Sur, the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt and the Inter-mountain Valleys region.

Lake Chapala South of Guadalajara, Mexico

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February 1st, 2013 Category: Lakes

Mexico – January 29th, 2013

Lake Chapala is the largest natural lake in Mexico, located 42 km south of the metropolitan area of Guadalajara (both visible in the upper left quadrant). Hydrologically, it belongs to the Rio Lerma Lago de Chapala Rio Santiago drainage system, one of the most important in Mexico. The main tributary, the Lerma River, supplies almost half of the water input, while the Santiago River drains the lake water to the Pacific Ocean.

The catchment area is large as compared with the lake area, amounting to 52,500 km2. Sixteen percent of this area drains directly into the lake via small streams and runoff, while the remainder belongs to the watershed of the Lerma River. The climate is moderate, tropical and sub-humid with a single summer rainy season. Winter rains are less than 5% of the annual precipitation. Average annual evaporation (1,910 mm) greatly exceeds annual precipitation (781 mm in average). Principal uses of the lake are irrigation, tourism, recreation and fisheries. In addition, it is the main water source for Guadalajara City with a population in excess of 4.5 million, whose water demands are increasing at a rate of 4% per year owing to urban, agricultural and industrial development.

Lake Chapala and Banderas Bay, Mexico

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December 16th, 2012 Category: Lakes

Mexico – December 15th, 2012

Visible on the right side of this image is Lake Chapala, Mexico’s largest freshwater lake. The lake, which appears green in color here, lies in the municipalities of Chapala, Jocotepec, Poncitlán, and Jamay, in Jalisco, and in Venustiano Carranza and Cojumatlán de Régules, in Michoacán. Visible west of the lake is the Pacific Ocean, as well as Banderas Bay, appearing as a notched inlet along the coastline west of the lake.

Fires Near Western Coast and Cloud Streets, Mexico – April 28th, 2012

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April 28th, 2012 Category: Clouds, Fires, Lakes

Mexico - April 19th, 2012

Lake Chapala, visible near the center of the right edge, appears bright silvery white due to sun glint in this image of northwestern Mexico. The southern tip of the Baja California peninsula extends into the upper left quadrant of the image. Upon opening the full image, plumes of smoke several wildfires can be seen by the mountains parallel to the coast, northwest of Lake Chapala and southeast of the peninsula.

Visible in the lower left quadrant are von Kármán vortex streets, parallel rows of swirled clouds that form as air currents pass over bluff bodies. In this case, the bluff body is Socorro Island, one of the four volcanic islands in the Revillagigedo Archipelago, belonging to Mexico.

Fire Northwest of Lake Chapala, Mexico

20.2N 103W

April 27th, 2012 Category: Fires, Lakes

Mexico - April 17th, 2012

Smoke from a fire northwest of Lake Chapala, the bright green lake in the lower right quadrant of this image of Mexico, blows westward towards the southern part of the Gulf of California and the Pacific Ocean. Upon opening the full image, the source of the smoke can be more clearly observed.