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Smoke Over Upper Peninsula and Lake Superior, USA

46.5N 87.3W

May 15th, 2012 Category: Fires

Canada and USA - May 14th, 2012

Lake Superior (above), shared by the United States and Canada, and Lake Michigan (below), the only one of the Great Lakes located entirely in the USA, appear mostly sediment-free in this spring image of North America. What may be a trail of smoke, however, from a fire whose source cannot be identified here, can be seen blowing across Lake Superior. It is particularly concentrated over a peninsula jutting out into the lake known as Upper Peninsula, belonging to the state of Michigan.

Texas and Oklahoma, United States of America

32.8N 96.7W

June 14th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

USA - June 1st, 2010

USA - June 1st, 2010

Here, parts of Oklahoma (above) and Texas (below) can be observed. The city of Dallas, Texas, stands out as a gray area surrounded by lakes to the right.

The USA comprises 48 conterminous states occupying the mid-continent, Alaska at the northwestern extreme of North America, and the island state of Hawaii in the mid-Pacific Ocean, for a total of 50 states. Area, including the U.S. share of the Great Lakes is 3,676,486 sq mi (9,522,055 sq km). The population (2009 est.) is  around 307,226,000.

Central Mexico Bordered by Pacific Ocean

23.0N 103.8W

June 11th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Mexico - June 1st, 2010

Mexico - June 1st, 2010

Mexico (the United Mexican States, or Estados Unidos Mexicanos) is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of Mexico.

Covering almost 2 million square kilometres (over 760,000 sq mi), Mexico is the fifth-largest country in the Americas by total area and the 14th largest independent nation in the world. With an estimated population of 111 million, it is the 11th most populous country and the most populous Spanish-speaking country on earth. Mexico is a federation comprising thirty-one states and a Federal District, the capital city.

Kuskokwim River and Bay, Southwestern Alaska, USA

61.5N 159.5W

June 9th, 2010 Category: Rivers, Sediments

USA - June 1st, 2010

USA - June 1st, 2010

The mountains of central Alaska are lower than the ranges to the north and south. They are drained almost entirely by two river systems, the Yukon and the Kuskokwim. The intricately dissected uplands are divided into three areas: the eastern highlands, the western highlands, and the Seward Peninsula.

Here, the Kuskokwim River can be seen emptying sediments into Kuskokwim Bay in the Bering Sea. Kuskokwim Bay is a bay in southwestern Alaska. It is about 160 km (100 miles) long, and 160 km (100 miles) wide.

Wildfires in Canada’s Yukon Territoy

62.3N 140.3W

June 6th, 2010 Category: Fires

Canada - June 2nd, 2010

Canada - June 2nd, 2010

Beneath the partial cover of the clouds dotting the skies above Canada’s Yukon Territory, several wildfires are can be seen releasing thick plumes of smoke towards the northwest.

The land here is close to the border with Alaska, USA (to the west). Visible near the center is Wellesley Lake, in the  bowl-shaped valley of the White River.

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