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Fire Southeast of Lake Chapala, in Michoacán, Mexico

20.2N 103W

March 31st, 2013 Category: Fires

Mexico – March 30th, 2013

Situated on the border between the Mexican states of Jalisco and Michoacán, at 45 kilometers south of the city of Guadalajara, is Lake Chapala (upper left quadrant). Visible southeast of the lake is a fire releasing a plume of smoke towards the south, in Michoacán. The state is crossed by the Sierra Madre del Sur, the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt and the Inter-mountain Valleys region.

Smoke Amidst Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains, Mexico

17.3N 101.9W

March 6th, 2013 Category: Fires, Mountains

Mexico – March 5th, 2013

Smoke from fires ablaze in southern Mexico rests among the peaks of the Sierra Madre del Sur mountain range and also drifts over the Pacific Ocean near the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (lower right). Partially hidden by the smoke, the lush green high-altitude forests of the Sierra Madre del Sur are part of some of Mexico’s last remaining large tracts of relatively undisturbed forest.

Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges Parallel to Coast of Mexico

22.1N 101.8W

April 25th, 2012 Category: Mountains

Mexico - April 14th, 2012

Mexico is crossed from north to south by two mountain ranges known as Sierra Madre Oriental and Sierra Madre Occidental, which are the extension of the Rocky Mountains from northern North America. Here, these two ranges can be seen parallel to the coastline. From east to west at the center, the country is crossed by the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt also known as the Sierra Nevada. A fourth mountain range, the Sierra Madre del Sur, runs from Michoacán to Oaxaca. As such, the majority of the Mexican central and northern territories are located at high altitudes.

Lake Chapala and Mountain Ranges of Mexico

19.0N 99.2W

April 13th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Mexico - April 2nd, 2011

Several mountain ranges can be seen crossing this image of Mexico: the Sierra Madre Oriental, parallel to the eastern coast, the Sierra Madre Occidental, parallel to the western coast and running through the central part of the country, and the Sierra Madre del Sur, parallel to the southern coast.

Also visible near the left edge is Lake Chapala, Mexico’s largest freshwater lake. Its approximate dimensions are 80 km (49.70 miles) from east to west and 18 km (11.18 miles) from north to south, and it covers a total of some 1,100 km² (424 square miles).

Yucatán Peninsula and Sierra Madre de Chiapas

17.3N 89.9W

April 7th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Mexico - March 30th, 2011

While the land of the Yucatan Peninsula (above) is mostly flat, mountains can be seen to the south in this image of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador (clockwise from left).

The mountains are a continuation of the Sierra Madre del Sur called the Sierra Madre de Chiapas. The extremely volcanic range runs from northwest to southeast along the Pacific Ocean coast.