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Sediments Framing the Guajira Peninsula, Colombia and Venezuela – January 14th, 2010

12.4N 71.6W

January 14th, 2010 Category: Image of the day

Colombia - December 31st, 2009

Colombia - December 31st, 2009

The Guajira Peninsula, or Peninsula de La Guajira in Spanish, is a peninsula in northern Colombia and northwestern Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea. Upon opening the full image, sediments can be seen framing the entire coastline and diffusing into the Gulf of Venezuela to the East.

It is the northernmost peninsula in South America and has an area of 25,000 km² (5500 square miles) extending from the Manaure Bay (Colombia) to the Calabozo Ensenada in the Gulf of Venezuela (Venezuela), and from the Caribbean Sea to the Serrania del Perija mountains range. The northernmost part of the peninsula is called Punta Gallinas and is also considered the northernmost part of mainland South America.

It was the subject of a dispute between Venezuela and Colombia in 1891, and on arbitration was awarded to the latter and joined to its Magdalena Department. Nowadays, most of the territory is part of Colombia, making part of the Department of La Guajira, while the remaining strip pertains to the Venezuelan State of Zulia.

Gulf of Venezuela Between Guajira and Paraguaná Peninsulas – December 25th, 2009

10.6N 71.6W

December 25th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

Venezuela - December 16th, 2009

Venezuela - December 16th, 2009

Sediments in the Gulf of Venezuela appear greenish by the Guajira Peninsula, on the west side of the gulf, and brown below the Paraguaná Peninsula, on the east side. The gulf is connected to Lake Maracaibo, in Venezuela to the south, by the 54 km Tablazo Strait. Beneath the partial cloud cover the lake appears greyish blue.

The Paraguaná Peninsula is a peninsula in Venezuela, situated in the north of Falcón state. The island of Aruba lies 27 km to the north. Bonaire and Curaçao are slightly further away. The Paraguaná Peninsula is connected to the rest of the state by a natural isthmus of Médanos.

The Guajira Peninsula, on the other hand, is shared by Colombia and Venezuela. It is the northernmost peninsula in South America and has an area of 25,000 km² (5500 square miles) extending from the Manaure Bay (Colombia) to the Calabozo Ensenada in the Gulf of Venezuela (Venezuela), and from the Caribbean Sea to the Serrania del Perija mountains range. The part of the peninsula furthest to the north is called Punta Gallinas; it is also considered the northernmost part of mainland South America.

Guajira Peninsula and Magdalena River, Colombia

10.9N 74.8W

August 4th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Colombia - July 28th, 2009

Colombia - July 28th, 2009

Sediments flank the coastline of the Guajira Peninsula, upper right corner, in northern Colombia and northwestern Venezuela in the Caribbean sea. It is the northernmost peninsula in South America and has an area of 25,000 km² extending from the Manaure Bay (Colombia) in the Caribbean sea to the Calabazo Ensenada in the Gulf of Venezuela (Venezuela).

Most of the territory is part of Colombia, making part of the Department of La Guajira, while the remaining strip pertains to the Venezuelan State of Zulia. The northern most part of the peninsula is called Punta Gallinas, which is also considered the northernmost part of mainland South America.

Moving southwest down the coast, the Magdalena River, also called the Yuma River, can be seen spilling sediments into the Caribbean Sea at the city of Barranquilla. It is the principal river of Colombia, flowing northward about 1,540 kilometres (950 miles) through the western half of the country.

It is navigable through much of its lower reaches, in spite of the shifting sand bars at the mouth of its delta, as far as Honda, at the downstream base of its rapids. It flows through the Magdalena River Valley, visible towards the center of the image.

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