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El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve on Baja California Peninsula and Nearby Islands, Mexico

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January 14th, 2012 Category: Snapshots

Mexico - January 6th, 2012

Visible on the Baja Peninsula by the Sebastián Vizcaíno Bay is the El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve. 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.

Several islands can be observed nearby: west of the reserve is Cedros Island (Isla de Cedros, “island of cedars” in Spanish). It is separated from the peninsula by the 100 km (62 mi)-wide Sebastián Vizcaíno Bay, 22 km (13.5 mi) northwest of Punta Eugenia in Mulegé municipality – the westernmost point of the Baja California Sur mainland.

On the other side of the peninsula, in the Sea of Cortez or Gulf of California, are Isla Ángel de la Guarda (left) and Tiburón Island. Isla Ángel de la Guarda, also called Archangel Island, is separated from the Baja California Peninsula by the Canal de Ballenas (Whales Channel). Its neighbor, Tiburón Island (Spanish: Isla del Tiburón or Isla Tiburón), is both the largest island in the Gulf of California and the largest island in Mexico.

El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve and islands by Baja California Peninsula, Mexico

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December 11th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Mexico - December 10th, 2011

The El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve can be observed just below the middle of this image, at the center of the Baja California 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.

Several large islands can also be seen in the image: Cedros Island, near the center of the left edge, Archangel Island, at the top center, and  Tiburón Island, at the top right. Cedros Island is separated from the Baja California Peninsula by the 100 km (62 mi)-wide Sebastián Vizcaíno Bay.

On the other side of the peninsula, Archangel Island, or Isla Ángel de la Guarda, is separated from Baja California by the Canal de Ballenas. Tiburón Island is located along the eastern shore of the Gulf of California, opposite Isla Ángel de la Guarda. It is both the largest island in the Gulf of California and the largest island in Mexico.

Ocean currents off the coast of Baja California, Mexico

January 27th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Currents in Pacific Ocean off west coast of Mexico - January 16th, 2009

Currents in Pacific Ocean off west coast of Mexico - January 16th, 2009

The radar (ASAR) image makes visible two types of water movement off the coast of Baja California, Mexico, which cannot usually be seen with normal color images: river and ocean currents.

On the right, the outflow from several river mouths in the Sebastián Vizcaíno Bay can been seen pouring into the Pacific Ocean.

On the left, ocean currents further offshore are visible. Their bright white color indicates a lot of movement.

Some waves are present at the bottom left.