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Fires in Mexican State of Durango

24.0N 104.6W

April 20th, 2013 Category: Fires

Mexico – April 19th, 2013

The red markers in this image show the exact locations of fires near the west coast of Mexico, in the state of Durango, near the border with Sinaloa. Plumes of smoke can be seen billowing forth from the blazes and being carried in a generally eastward or northeastward direction.

Islands Marías and Teacapan Estuary, Mexico

21.6N 106.5W

February 28th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Mexico - January 4th, 2012

Visible on the left side of this image are the Islas Marías, an archipelago of four islands that belong to Mexico. They are located in the Pacific Ocean, some 100 km (62 mi) off the coast of the state of Nayarit. They are part of the municipality (municipio) of San Blas, Nayarit. In 2010 the archipelago was designated Biosphere reserve by the UNESCO.

Visible on the mainland opposite the islands (the green area along the coast to the northeast of the archipelago) is the Teacapan Estuary. This long outlet drains two large coastal lagoons, Agua Grande Lagoon in Sinaloa on its northern end and Agua Brava Lagoon in Nayarit at its southern end, into the Pacific Ocean at its mouth, the Boca Teacapan. The estuary forms part of the border between the Escuinapa Municipality, Sinaloa, and the Tecuala Municipality of Nayarit. The Teacapan Estuary is also fed by the Acaponeta River in its southern arm, and the Cañas River in the northern arm

Vegetation Index of Pacific Coast of Mexico and Islas Marías

21.6N 106.5W

February 11th, 2012 Category: Vegetation Index

Mexico - January 4th, 2012

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of the Pacific Coast of Mexico, in the states of Sinaloa, Nayarit and Jalisco (following the coastline from the upper left to the bottom right). The index is highest along the coastal plain, where green false-coloring indicates good levels of photosynthetic activity.

The index becomes progressively lower (yellow) as one moves further inland. A few patches of high activity (rusty red) can be observed in a marshy area near the coast, parallel to the Islas Marías (“Mary Islands”), an archipelago of four islands that belong to Mexico. They are located in the Pacific Ocean, some 100 km off the coast of the state of Nayarit and were designated a Biosphere reserve by the UNESCO. Here, they show good photosynthetic activity.

Sediments in Northern Gulf of California, Mexico – November 2nd, 2011

29.0N 113W

November 2nd, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

Mexico - October 30th, 2011

The Gulf of California (also known as the Sea of Cortez or Sea of Cortés) is a body of water that separates the Baja California Peninsula from the Mexican mainland. It is bordered by the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora, and Sinaloa with a coastline of approximately 2,500 mi (4,000 km).

Rivers which flow into the Gulf of California include the Colorado, Fuerte, Mayo, Sinaloa, Sonora, and the Yaqui. Here, sediments from the Colorado River can be seen flowing into the northern end of the gulf, giving it a tan color than turns to green as they diffuse.

Islands, Agriculture, Bays and Lakes by Sea of Cortez, Mexico

27.4N 111.3W

April 19th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Mexico - April 8th, 2011

The Sea of Cortez, or Gulf of California, stretches between the Baja California Peninsula and the Mexican mainland.

Numerous islands can be seen in the sea, particularly along the eastern coast of the peninsula. The largest of these, Isla Ángel de la Guarda (also called Archangel Island, west) and Tiburón Island (east), can be observed in the upper left quadrant.

Areas of agriculture appear as green areas along the eastern shores of the sea (the western coast of mainland Mexico). Individual fields can be discerned in the full image.

Visible by one of these agricultural areas is Ciudad Obregón, the second largest city in the state of Sonora. It appears as a circular grey area, with the Álvaro Obregón Reservoir to the north.

A series of bays can be seen to the southeast of the agricultural zone in Sonora. These bays are by the coastal plain of the state of Sinaloa, a narrow strip of land that stretches along the length of the state and lies between the ocean and the foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental Range.