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Mountains and Valleys by Oaxaca, Mexico

17.0N 96.7W

February 22nd, 2011 Category: Mountains

Mexico - January 30th, 2011

This APM image shows the city of Oaxaca, Mexico. It is the largest community in the region and the state of Oaxaca. The city is located in the Valles Centrales, a region in the heart of the state.

It is a geographical and cultural region consisting of three river valleys between the Nudo Mixteco, the Sierra Juárez and the Sierra Madre del Sur. The valleys form a kind of Y. The northwest arm is the Etla Valley, on the east is the Tlacolula Valley and to the south the Ocotlán Zimatlán or Grande Valley.

Large Lagoons Along Southern Coast of Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico

16.2N 94.8W

January 27th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Sediments

Mexico - January 15th, 2011

Sediments spill from several large lagoons separated from the Pacific Ocean by spits of land along the southern shores of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, in Mexico.

The area is part of the aponymous region called Istmo de Tehuantepec, the largest region in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. The region contains the largest part of the Selva Zoque, or Zoque Forest, an area of great ecological importance including the largest intact tropical rain forest in Mexico.

Miguel Alemán Lake and Papaloapan River, Mexico – January 9th, 2011

18.2N 96.5W

January 9th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

Mexico - December 31st, 2010

The irregularly shaped Miguel Alemán Lake appears dark green on the left side of this APM image. It is located in the Papaloapan Region of northern Oaxaca, Mexico. It was formed by the Miguel Alemán Dam, and is connected by a channel to the reservoir of the Cerro de Oro Dam.

Part of the Sierra Madre Oriental Range can be seen by the lake. The Papaloapan River rises in the Sierra Madre Oriental on the border between the states of Veracruz and Oaxaca. It can be seen across the upper right quadrant, meandering for 122 km in a northeasterly direction through the coastal plain.

Tropical Depression 11E Producing Heavy Rain Across Parts of Southern Mexico

17.4N 105.2W

September 4th, 2010 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Depression 11E - September 3rd, 2010

Enhanced image

At 8:00 PM PDT (03:00 UTC), the center of Tropical Depression 11E was located near latitude 15.5 North, longitude 95.2 West. The land visible in the upper part of the image is part of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.

The depression is moving toward the west-northwest near 6 mph (9 km/hr). This general motion with a turn toward the northwest is expected over the next day or so. On this track, the center of the system is expected to cross the coast of Mexico on Saturday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/hr) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast, and the depression could become a tropical storm before moving inland on Saturday. Estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 mb (29.68 inches).

Hazards affecting land include strong winds and rainfall. Tropical storm wind conditions are expected to reach the coast within the warning area early Saturday.

The depression is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 4 to 6 inches over the mexican state of Oaxaca. Isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches are possible in higher elevations, which could cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.

Fires in Southeastern Mexico

17.3N 94.2W

May 8th, 2009 Category: Fires

Fires in Mexico - May 7th, 2009

Fires in Mexico - May 7th, 2009

Fires burning in southeastern Mexico create widespread clouds of smoke over valleys, particularly in the states of Guerrero, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Chiapas and Tasbasco. Part of the Yucatán Peninsula can also be seen to the right.

Two main clusters of fires are visible in the main image: one on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, the land area where the distance between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean is shortest, and one to the southwest on the Guerrero-Oaxaca border.

These fires were probably set by people to clear land for agriculture and logging and fueled by the lack of dampness at the end of Mexico’s dry season, which runs from November to May.