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Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa, the Two Largest Channel Islands of California, USA

34.0N 119.7W

March 21st, 2011 Category: Mountains

USA - March 20th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows two of the eight Channel Islands of California, Santa Cruz (right) and Santa Rosa (left). The islands are located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California, along the Santa Barbara Channel in the United States of America.

Santa Cruz is 22 miles (35 km) long and from 2 to 6 miles (3.2 to 9.7 km) wide. At 61,764.6 acres (249.952 km2 or 96.507 sq mi), it is the largest of the eight islands in the chain. The coastline has steep cliffs, gigantic sea caves, coves, and sandy beaches. The highest peak is Devils Peak, at 2450+ feet (747+ m).

Santa Rosa Island is the second largest of the chain, at 53,195 acres (215.27 km² or 83.118 sq mi). It is occupied by rolling hills, deep canyons, a coastal lagoon and beaches adorned with sand dunes and driftwood. Its highest peak is Vail Peak, at 1,589 feet (484 m).

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).

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.

Tres Fronteras and Two Rivers

February 19th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Rivers by Peru-Brazil border - February 18th, 2009

Rivers by Peru-Brazil border - February 18th, 2009

Tres Fronteras (Três Fronteiras in Portuguese) is the Spanish name for an area of the Amazon Rainforest where the three nations of Brazil, Peru, and Colombia meet.

The wider river above is the Amazon; the more narrow, winding one below is the Javary River, a tributary of the Amazon. The Amazon marks the border between Colombia (top) and Brazil (middle), while the Javary is the boundary between Brazil and Peru (bottom).

The three cities Tabatinga, Leticia, and Santa Rosa are located in this part of the world, noted for its natural beauty.