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Fires in State of Oaxaca, Mexico – March 6th, 2013

17.0N 96.7W

March 6th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Mexico – March 5th, 2013

Fires can be seen burning in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. The fires are situated near a series of greenish lagoons by the Pacific Coast. Some smoke can also be seen trailing northward, over the Atlantic Coast (upper left quadrant). The bright teal color of the waters in the upper right quadrant is due to sediments seeping out of the Términos Lagoon, by the base of the Yucatán Peninsula.

Fire West of Laguna Superior, Oaxaca, Mexico

16.2N 94.9W

December 24th, 2012 Category: Fires, Sediments

Mexico – December 22nd, 2012

A plume of smoke can be seen blowing southwestward over the Pacific Ocean near the center of this image, off the coast of the Mexican state of Oaxaca on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. Another plume, this time composed of sediments rather than smoke, can be seen spilling from the Laguna Superior into the Pacific near the right edge.

Topography of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico

17.6N 94.9W

March 5th, 2012 Category: Mountains

Mexico - December 29th, 2011

This wide-swath ASAR image shows the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, an isthmus in Mexico that represents the shortest distance between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. The isthmus includes the part of Mexico lying between the 94th and 96th meridians west longitude, or the southeastern parts of Veracruz and Oaxaca, including small areas of Chiapas and Tabasco. The states of Tabasco and Chiapas are east of the isthmus, with Veracruz and Oaxaca on the west.

At its narrowest point, the isthmus is 200 km (120 mi) across from gulf to gulf or 192 km (119 mi) to the head of Laguna Superior on the Pacific coast. The Sierra Madre breaks down at this point into a broad, plateau-like ridge. The northern side of the isthmus is swampy and densely covered with jungle. Visible in the upper right quadrant is the Términos Lagoon.

The Sierra Madre de Oaxaca mountains flatten out to form Chivela Pass before the Sierra Madre de Chiapas mountains resume to the south, so geographically the isthmus divides North America from Central America. However, the southern edge of the North American tectonic plate lies across the Motagua Fault in Guatemala, so geologically, the division between North America and Central America (on the Caribbean Plate) is much farther south than the isthmus of Tehuantepec.

Lagoons Near Shores of Gulf of Tehuantepec, Mexico

17.8N 97.7W

December 9th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Mexico - November 21st, 2011

A series of lagoons can be observed near the shores of the Gulf of Tehuantepec, including Laguna Superior (greyish tan, left) and Laguna Inferior (greenish blue, just right of the former), in the state of Oaxaca. The bright green lagoon to the right is shared between Oaxaca and Chiapas.

Laguna Superior marks the the narrowest point of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, which is 200 km (120 mi) across from gulf to gulf, or 192 km (119 mi) to the head of the lagoon. The Sierra Madre breaks down at this point into a broad, plateau-like ridge, whose elevation, at the highest point reached by the Ferrocarril Transistmico railway at Chivela Pass, is 224 m (735 ft).

Sediments by Yucatán Peninsula Coast, Mexico

17.4N 94.3W

October 26th, 2011 Category: Sediments

Mexico - October 24th, 2011

Sediments and algal growth line the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, giving it a bright greenish blue frame. The coastline to the south and the west is mostly sediment free.

Hanging over the Isthmus of Tehuantepec is a small area of convection, concentrated on the northern side. The isthmus includes the southeastern parts of the states of Veracruz and Oaxaca, including small areas of Chiapas and Tabasco. The states of Tabasco and Chiapas are east of the isthmus, with Veracruz and Oaxaca to the west.

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