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Panama City and Mountains from Panama to Colombia – March 27th, 2012

8.9N 79.5W

March 27th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Panama and Colombia - January 4th, 2012

This wide-swath ASAR image focuses on Panama, located in Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, between Colombia and Costa Rica. Visible near the left edge as a bright white area is Panama City, located strategically at the entrance to the Panama Canal.

The dominant feature of the country’s landform is the central spine of mountains and hills that forms the continental divide. The spine that forms the divide is the highly eroded arch of an uplift from the sea bottom, in which peaks were formed by volcanic intrusions.

 

Mountains of Panama Forming Continental Divide

9.0N 79.6W

January 29th, 2012 Category: Mountains

Panama - December 24th, 2011

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows the mountains of Panama, a Central American country, bordering both the Caribbean Sea (above) and the Pacific Ocean (below), between Colombia (to the east) and Costa Rica (to the west).

The dominant feature of the country’s landform is the central spine of mountains and hills that forms the continental divide. The divide does not form part of the great mountain chains of North America, and only near the Colombian border are there highlands related to the Andean system of South America. The spine that forms the divide is the highly eroded arch of an uplift from the sea bottom, in which peaks were formed by volcanic intrusions.

The mountain range of the divide is called the Cordillera de Talamanca near the Costa Rican border. Farther east it becomes the Serranía de Tabasará, and the portion of it closer to the lower saddle of the isthmus, where the canal is located, is often called the Sierra de Veraguas. As a whole, the range between Costa Rica and the canal is generally referred to by geographers as the Cordillera Central.

 

Bay of San Miguel and Pearl Islands, Gulf of Panama – January 24th, 2012

9.2N 79.2W

January 24th, 2012 Category: Image of the day

Panama - December 24th, 2011

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows the Bay of San Miguel (Spanish: Golfo de San Miguel) is located on the Pacific coast of Darién, a district of eastern Panama. The Tuira River flows into the bay. At its southern end is Cape Garachiné (also known as Point Garachina), and at its northern end is Punta San Lorenzo (a.k.a. Cape Gardo).

Visible off the coast is Isla del Rey, the largest island in the Pearl Islands in the Gulf of Panama. The Pearl Islands (Spanish: Archipiélago de las Perlas or Islas de las Perlas) are a group of 100 or more islands (many tiny and uninhabited) lying about 30 miles (48 km) off the Pacific coast of Panama in the Gulf of Panama.

Lake Bayano and Surrounding Mountains, Panama

9.1N 78.7W

January 22nd, 2012 Category: Lakes

Panama - December 24th, 2011

Lake Bayano is a man-made lake in the eastern part of Panamá Province, Panama. It is visible near the center of this orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image. It was created when the Bayano River was dammed in 1976. The dam powers a hydroelectric plant that continues to supply Panama City and the surrounding provinces with electricity.

While the land around the lake appears flat, the terrain becomes mountainous closer to the coasts. The dominant feature of Panama’s landform is the central spine of mountains and hills that forms the continental divide. The divide does not form part of the great mountain chains of North America, and only near the Colombian border are there highlands related to the Andean system of South America. The spine that forms the divide is the highly eroded arch of an uplift from the sea bottom, in which peaks were formed by volcanic intrusions.

Vegetation Index of Panama and Costa Rica

8.5N 82.6W

March 8th, 2011 Category: Vegetation Index

Panama and Costa Rica - February 17th, 2011

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of Costa Rica (left) and Panama (right). In most areas in both countries, levels of photosynthetic activity are either good (green) or high (rusty red), although a few areas of lower levels (yellow) can be observed in the full image.

Also visible in the full image, to the right, is part of northern Colombia. It shows a generally good index, although photosynthetic activity is less strong than in its neighbors to the west.

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