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Smoke Over Términos Lagoon and Bay of Campeche, Mexico

18.6N 91.5W

May 20th, 2013 Category: Fires

Mexico – May 21st, 2013

Smoke from fires blazing in southern Mexico blows over the Términos Lagoon, at the base of the Yucatán Peninsula, and across the Bay of Campeche and Gulf of Mexico. The location, widespread nature, and number of fires suggest that they were deliberately set to manage land.

Sediments Along Yucatán Peninsula Coast, Mexico

18.6N 91.5W

April 15th, 2013 Category: Climate Change, Sediments

Mexico – April 7th, 2013

Sediments frame the western coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, particularly near the Términos Lagoon. Scientists studying climate change scenarios for the region have reported temperature increases for all possible scenarios as well as a significant decrease in precipitation for some territories and an increase for others. Some results of this analysis are highly worrisome for the region due to the following: 1) radical changes in climate distribution and 2) increase in the surface space of arid zones (click here for more information).

Fires Across Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico – April 7th, 2013

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April 7th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Mexico – April 6th, 2013

Plumes of smoke from fires are scattered about the Yucatán Peninsula, particularly  near its base.  Visible on the western coast is the Términos Lagoon, green from sediments and algal growth. On the eastern coast is Chetumal Bay, on the Mexico-Belize border. Its waters appear whitish due to sun slint, which also highlights nearby rivers.

Fires in State of Oaxaca, Mexico – March 6th, 2013

17.0N 96.7W

March 6th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Mexico – March 5th, 2013

Fires can be seen burning in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. The fires are situated near a series of greenish lagoons by the Pacific Coast. Some smoke can also be seen trailing northward, over the Atlantic Coast (upper left quadrant). The bright teal color of the waters in the upper right quadrant is due to sediments seeping out of the Términos Lagoon, by the base of the Yucatán Peninsula.

Popcorn Clouds Over Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico, Can Indicate Rapid Plant Growth – January 30th, 2013

18.6N 91.5W

January 30th, 2013 Category: Clouds, Sediments

Mexico – January 29th, 2013

The spotty clouds over the Yucatán Peninsula are likely an indication of rapid plant growth after a dry spell. During periods in which little rain falls, plants receive more sunlight, leading to an increase in growth and photosynthesis. The latter, in turn, releases water vapor into the air which then rises and cools, causing it to condense into the small, dotted clouds like those visible here. The clouds are often referred to as “popcorn” clouds due to this dotted appearance. Also of note in the image are sediments framing the coastline, particularly by Términos Lagoon (below).