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Rugged Central Coast of California, USA

34.7N 120.5W

October 14th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

USA - August 27th, 2010

This orthorectified image shows the rugged Central Coast, an area of California, USA, roughly spanning the area between the Monterey Bay and Point Conception. It extends through Santa Cruz County, San Benito County, Monterey County, San Luis Obispo County, and Santa Barbara County.

The region is known primarily for agriculture and tourism. The Salinas Valley is one of the most fertile farming regions in the United States. The area is not densely populated, as can be observed here from the sparsity of white dotted areas indicating cities or towns.

Visible in the lower part of the full image are the Channel Islands of California, a chain of eight islands located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California. Only two of the islands can be seen here San Miguel (left) and Santa Rosa (right).

Volcanoes on Coastal Plain of El Salvador – November 26th, 2009

13.4N 88.1W

November 26th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

El Salvador - November 14th, 2009

El Salvador - November 14th, 2009

Many volcanic peaks dot the landscape of central-eastern El Salvador, to the east of the Lempa River and north of Jiquilisco Bay, in this orthorectified image. To the east of these clusters of volcanoes is San Miguel, the fourth most populous city in El Salvador.

San Miguel is also the name of the stratovolcano located about 15km southwest of the city. The volcano, also known as Chaparrastique, is one of the most active volcanoes in the country.

North of the San Miguel volcano is Chinameca (also known as El Pacayal), a stratovolcano that rises over the town of Chinameca. The volcano is topped by a 2 km wide caldera known as Laguna Seca del Pacayal. A satellite cone on the west side, Cerro el Limbo, rises higher than the caldera rim. Fumaroles can be found on the north side, and it has been the site of a geothermal exploration program.

Continuing westward, the large stratovolcano Usulután can be identified as the peak on the coastal plain closest to the bay. The volcano is topped by a 1.3 km wide summit crater which is breached to the east.

West of Usulután is the Taburete stratovolcano. It is topped by a well-preserved, 150-300 m (500–1000 ft) deep summit crater, with the true summit on the south side of the crater rim.

Mountains of the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, Spain

36.9N 1.8W

November 23rd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Spain - November 12th, 2009

Spain - November 12th, 2009

Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park is a nature reserve in southeastern Spain, near the city of Almería. The city is visible on the coast on the left side of this orthorectified image, while the park runs northeastward along part of the coastline starting at the bottom of the image.

It is the largest terrestrial-maritime reserve in the European Western Mediterranean Sea, covering 460 km² including the town of Carboneras, the mountain range of Sierra de Cabo de Gata, and 120 km² of the sea as a part of a marine reserve.

It is of volcanic origin and is centred around the Cabo de Gata headland. Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park is characterised by volcanic rock formations – lava flows, volcanic domes, volcanic calderas.

Between the village of San Miguel and the Cabo de Gata Point are salt flats (Las Salinas de Cabo de Gata) separated from the sea by a 400 m (0.24 mi) sand bar. The salt flats are a Ramsar site.

The area is semi-arid to the extent of being the driest location in Europe. The average temperature is 18 °C and it has the lowest rainfall in the Iberian peninsula and all of Europe, its average precipitation being a mere 120 to 180 mm (4.72 to 7.09 in) annually.

Northern Channel Islands South of Santa Barbara, California – October 22nd, 2009

34.4N 119.6W

October 22nd, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Snapshots

California, USA - September 24th, 2009

California, USA - September 24th, 2009

The Channel Islands of California are a chain of eight islands located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California along the Santa Barbara Channel in the United States of America.

Four of the eight islands can be seen south of the city of Santa Barbara in this orthorectified image (from left to right): San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz and Anacapa. The Channel Islands are actually divided into two groups; these four islands belong to the Northern group. The four Northern Islands used to be a single landmass known as Santa Rosae.

Also, along with Santa Barbara, the Northern Channel Islands are part of the Channel Islands National Park, created in 1980. The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary encompasses the waters six nautical miles (11 kilometers) offshore.