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Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and Lake Maracaibo, Colombia and Venezuela

10.8N 71.6W

August 18th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Colombia and Venezuela - August 5th, 2010

The two peninsulas at the top of this image are the Guajira Peninsula (left, in Colombia) and the Paraguaná Peninsula (right, in Venezuela), separated by the Gulf of Venezuela.

Moving south from the gulf, through the Tablazo Strait, one comes to Lake Maracaibo, in Venezuela. This large lake appears dark greenish blue, here.

West of Lake Maracaibo and southwest of the Guajira Peninsula is a mountain range, near the coast. This triangular-shaped area of mountainous capped with white snow and clouds is the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (Snowy Mountain Range of Saint Martha).

It is an isolated mountain range apart from the Andes chain that runs through Colombia (visible to the east, running southwards). Reaching an altitude of 5,700 metres above sea level just 42 km from the Caribbean coast, the Sierra Nevada is the world’s highest coastal range.

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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