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Gulf of Mexico Coast from Matagorda Bay to Laguna de Tamiahua, USA and Mexico

25.6N 100.3W

June 22nd, 2011 Category: Fires, Mountains

Mexico and USA - June 20th, 2011

Popcorn clouds dot the skies near the border between Texas, USA, and eastern Mexico, near the shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

Numerous sediment-filled bays and lagoons can be observed along the coast, from Matagorda Bay at the top right corner to Laguna de Tamiahua at the bottom edge.

The former is a large estuary bay on the Texas coast, separated from the Gulf of Mexico by Matagorda Peninsula. The latter is a brackish lagoon in the Mexican state of Veracruz, separated from the Gulf by Cabo Rojo, a barrier of quartzite sand deposited adjacent to the coast.

Inland, slightly southwest of the center of the image, is the city of Monterrey. It lies north of the foothills of the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range, east of the Cerro de las Mitras mountain, and west of Cerro de la Silla (Saddle Mountain). In the full image, smoke from a fire can be observed in the mountains southeast of the city.

Matagorda Bay on the Coast of Texas

28.5N 96.3W

March 15th, 2011 Category: Lakes

USA - February 20th, 2011

Matagorda Bay is a large estuary on the Texas coast, separated from the Gulf of Mexico (below) by Matagorda Peninsula. It serves as the mouth of numerous streams, most notably the Lavaca and Colorado Rivers.

Two other bays are partially visible on the edges of the image. To the right is East Matagorda Bay, enclosed by the Matagorda Peninsula and the tidal flats at the mouth of the Colorado River.

To the left is a small part of Espiritu Santo Bay, a northeastern extension of San Antonio Bay in Texas. It is separated from Matagorda Bay by a line of barrier islands that run south from Port O’Connor to Matagorda Island.

Houston and Various Bays Along the Texas Coast, USA

28.5N 96.3W

January 8th, 2011 Category: Sediments

USA - December 26th, 2010

Various bays, green and tan due to sediments, can be observed along the Gulf of Mexico coast of Texas, USA. The city of Houston appears as a greyish area in the upper right quadrant.

Near Houston is Trinity Bay, the northeast portion of Galveston Bay, bordered by Chambers and Harris counties in Texas, United States. The bay, approximately 20 mi long, heads at the mouth of the Trinity River. Trinity Bay is separated from the main part of Galveston Bay by the San Jacinto River, part of the Houston Ship Channel.

Of the bays further southwest along the coast, the largest is Matagorda Bay, lying in Calhoun and Matagorda counties. It is separated from the Gulf of Mexico by Matagorda Peninsula and serves as the mouth of numerous streams, most notably the Lavaca and Colorado Rivers.