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Snow and Lakes in Southwestern USA

36.1N 114.4W

January 19th, 2013 Category: Lakes, Mountains

USA and Mexico – January 17th, 2013

Snow covers mountain ranges in southwestern USA, including the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which border the San Joaquin Valley, in southern California (upper left quadrant). The snow contrasts with the more arid land between ranges and in Mexico (lower half of image). Visible in the snow-free areas are bodies of waters such as the three-pronged Lake Mead (above center), in Arizona and Nevada, Lake Powell, surrounded by snow near the top edge, in Arizona and Utah, and the Salton Sea, in California near the Mexican border and northwest of the Gulf of California.

El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve on Baja California Peninsula, Mexico

27.3N 114.5W

December 6th, 2012 Category: Deserts

Mexico – December 4th, 2012

The green area surrounded by tan desert nested in a nook on the western side of the Baja Californina Peninsula is the El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve. More precisely, it is located in Mulegé Municipality in northern Baja California Sur, at the center of the peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez (or Gulf of California).

With a landmass of over 55,555 square-mile (143,600 square km) it is the largest wildlife refuge in all of Latin America and certainly the most diverse. The animals and plants of this territory have adapted themselves to the region’s extreme desert conditions with little rainfall, intense winds and an ecosystem which has produced thousands of endemic species of plants and animal life found nowhere else in the world.

Salton Sea and von Kármán Vortex Street by Baja California, Mexico and USA

27.6N 110.8W

November 26th, 2012 Category: Clouds, Lakes

USA and Mexico – November 25th, 2012

Visible near the top edge of this image, in the upper left quadrant, is the Salton Sea, a large lake in southern California, USA. Continuing south through the green Imperial Valley, one comes to the mouth of the Colorado River in the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez), by the start of the Baja California Peninsula.

West of the peninsula, in the lower left quadrant, a von Kármán Vortex Street can be seen in the clouds over the Pacific Ocean. The “street” is a repeating pattern of swirling vortices caused by the unsteady separation of flow of a fluid over bluff bodies – in this case, islands.

Fires on Baja California Peninsula, Mexico

31.8N 116.6W

October 30th, 2012 Category: Fires, Rivers, Sediments

USA and Mexico – October 27th, 2012

Fires in Mexico in the northern part of the Baja California Peninsula, south of the city of Tijuana (visible as a greyish tan area by the coast) and just east of the city of Ensenada, release plumes of smoke that blow westward over the Pacific Ocean. Visible on the other side of the peninsula are sediments from the Colorado River entering the Gulf of California or Sea of Cortez.

Salton Sea, Gran Desierto de Altar and Mouth of Colorado River, USA and Mexico

33.2N 115.7W

October 26th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Lakes, Rivers, Sediments

USA and Mexico – October 26th, 2012

Visible in the upper left quadrant of this image is the Salton Sea, a huge but shallow, saline, endorheic rift lake located directly on the San Andreas Fault, predominantly in California’s Imperial and Coachella Valleys.

The lake occupies the lowest elevations of the Salton Sink in the Colorado Desert of Imperial and Riverside counties in Southern California. The sea is fed by the New, Whitewater, and Alamo rivers, as well as agricultural runoff drainage systems and creeks. Visible south of the sea is irrigated land in southern California and Mexico.

In the lower right quadrant, sediments from the Colorado River can be observed spilling into the Gulf of California or Sea of Cortez. The Gran Desierto de Altar, one of the major portions of the Sonoran Desert of Mexico, can also be seen extending across much of the northern border of the Gulf of California. It reaches more than 100 kilometers east to west, and over 50 km north to south, and constitutes the largest continuous wilderness area within the Sonoran Desert, as well as including the only active erg dune region in North America.

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