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Lake Chapala on the Mexican Plateau

20.2N 103.1W

June 4th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Mexico - June 1st, 2010

Mexico - June 1st, 2010

Lake Chapala is located in west-central Mexico. It lies on the Mexican Plateau at 6,000 feet (1,800 metres) above sea level in the states of Jalisco and Michoacán.

Chapala is Mexico’s largest lake, measuring approximately 48 miles (77 km) east-west by 10 miles (16 km) north-south and covering an area of 417 square miles (1,080 square km).

Despite its size, the lake is very shallow and is susceptible to infestations of water hyacinth. It is fed principally by the Lerma River from the east and is drained by the Río Grande de Santiago.

Sierra Madre Oriental East of Mexican Plateau, Mexico

24.1N 100W

June 1st, 2010 Category: Mountains

Mexico - May 4th, 2010

Mexico - May 4th, 2010

Mexico can be divided into nine major physiographic regions: Baja California, the Pacific Coastal Lowlands, the Mexican Plateau, the Sierra Madre Oriental, the Sierra Madre Occidental, the Cordillera Neo-Volcánica, the Gulf Coastal Plain, the Southern Highlands, and the Yucatán Peninsula.

This image focuses on the Sierra Madre Oriental, a range of folded mountains formed of shales and limestones, is situated on the eastern side of the Mexican Plateau. It is often considered an extension of the Rocky Mountains (which are cut by the Rio Grande but continue in New Mexico and western Texas).