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Chetumal Bay and Belize Barrier Reef, Yucatán Peninsula

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March 4th, 2013 Category: Climate Change

Mexico and Belize – March 3rd, 2013

Chetumal Bay is a large bay in northern Belize and eastern Mexico in the south of the Yucatán Peninsula. It is situated near the center of this image and appears bright shades of green and teal. On the bay is the major city of Chetumal, in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. The mouth of the bay is redirected southward and buffered by a large Belizean island named Ambergris Caye. A smaller inlet known as the Corozal Bay, named after the town of Corozal, extends to the southwest. The bay is a part of the Caribbean Sea.

Visible south of the bay is a stretch of the Belize Barrier Reef, a series of coral reefs straddling the coast of Belize, roughly 300 meters (980 ft) offshore in the north and 40 kilometers (25 mi) in the south within the country limits. The Belize Barrier Reef is a 300 kilometers (190 mi) long section of the 900 kilometers (560 mi) long Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, which is continuous from Cancún on the northeast tip of the Yucatán Peninsula through the Riviera Maya up to Honduras making it one of the largest coral reef systems in the world.

Scientists studying climate change impacts in Belize have found that sea level rise and sea surface temperature increases are very likely to affect Mesoamerican coral reefs, with consequences for a number of endangered species: e.g. the green, hawksbill and loggerhead turtles, the West Indian manatee and the American and Motelet’s species of crocodile with warmer sea surface temperature of 1°C-3°C by the 2080s.

Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve on Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico

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December 27th, 2012 Category: Wetlands

Mexico – December 25th, 2012

These bright green lagoons on the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula are part of the Sian Ka’an, a biosphere reserve in the municipality of Tulum in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Part of the 5,280 km² reserve is on land and part is in the Caribbean Sea, including a section of coral reef. Over 200 conservation projects have been successfully carried out in order to protect areas of high biodiversity value, such as the coral reefs, and archaeological sites of the Maya civilization.

Vegetation Index of Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico – January 7th, 2012

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January 7th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Vegetation Index

Mexico - January 6th, 2012

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of the Yucatán Peninsula. The peninsula comprises the Mexican states of Yucatán, Campeche, and Quintana Roo; the northern part of the nation of Belize; and Guatemala’s northern El Petén Department.

Photosynthetic activity is generally mixed between good (green) and high (rusty red) across the peninsula, with some areas of concentrated higher activity to the south and some areas of low activity (yellow) along the northern coast.

Cancún on the Coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico

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May 24th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Mexico - May 7th, 2010

Mexico - May 7th, 2010

The city of Cancún is visible as a tan area on the coast of Mexico, just to the right of the image center. The city and adjacent island resort area are located in the state of Quintana Roo, in southeastern Mexico, on the northeastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, facing the Caribbean Sea.

It is essentially a service town for the L-shaped resort area of Isla Cancún (Cancún Island), which is 13 miles (21 km) long by 0.25 mile (400 m) wide. The Cancún Island resort area (also called the Zona Hotelera [“Hotel Zone”]) is linked by a causeway to Cancún city. The island, with its skyscraper hotels and sprawling resorts, and the coastal area occupied by Cancún city have abundant white sand beaches.