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

28.0N 114.1W

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

27.9N 114.1W

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.

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.

Geographical Features In and Around the Sea of Cortez, Mexico and USA – March 6th, 2011

29.2N 113.4W

March 6th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Sediments

USA and Mexico - February 11th, 2011

The northern end of the Sea of Cortez (or Gulf of California), in Mexico, appears greenish due to an influx of sediments from the Colorado River. The two large islands in the sea, to the south, are Isla Ángel de la Guarda (left), also called Archangel Island, and Tiburón Island (right).

Returning to the northern end of the sea, one can observe the sandy Gran Desierto de Altar to the northeast, while to the northwest lies an agricultural area and the Salton Sea, a lake in California, near the Mexican border.

Tiburón and Archangel Islands in the Gulf of California, Mexico

29.0N 112.3W

December 21st, 2010 Category: Mountains

Mexico - December 18th, 2010

The Sea of Cortez, also known as the Gulf of California, stretches diagonally across this image, separating the Baja California peninsula from mainland Mexico. The brown peaks of the Sierra Madre Occidental can be seen parallel to the coast on the mainland.

The two large islands in the gulf are Isla Ángel de la Guarda, also called Archangel Island, closer to the peninsula, and Tiburón Island, closer to the mainland.

Isla Ángel de la Guarda is a large island east of Bahía de los Ángeles, and separated from the Baja California Peninsula by the Canal de Ballenas (Whales Channel). It is the second largest of the eleven Midriff Islands or Islas Grandes. It is part of the state of Baja California.

Isla Tiburón (meaning Shark Island) is both the largest island in the Gulf of California and the largest island in Mexico, with an area of 464 sq mi (1,200 km2). Tiburón Island is part of the state of Sonora, as well as the municipality of Hermosillo, and is located at approximately the same latitude as the city of Hermosillo.