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Topography of Haiti, in Western Hispaniola – March 4th, 2012

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March 4th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Haiti - December 23rd, 2011

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows Haiti, on the western part of Hispaniola, the second largest island in the Greater Antilles. Haiti’s terrain consists mainly of rugged mountains interspersed with small coastal plains and river valleys.

The northern region consists of the Massif du Nord (Northern Massif) and the Plaine du Nord (Northern Plain). The Massif du Nord is an extension of the Cordillera Central in the Dominican Republic. It begins at Haiti’s eastern border, north of the Guayamouc River, and extends to the northwest through the northern peninsula. The lowlands of the Plaine du Nord lie along the northern border with the Dominican Republic, between the Massif du Nord and the North Atlantic Ocean.

The central region consists of two plains and two sets of mountain ranges. The Plateau Central (Central Plateau) extends along both sides of the Guayamouc River, south of the Massif du Nord. It runs from the southeast to the northwest. To the southwest of the Plateau Central are the Montagnes Noires, whose most northwestern part merges with the Massif du Nord. Its westernmost point is known as Cap Carcasse.

The southern region consists of the Plaine du Cul-de-Sac (the southeast) and the mountainous southern peninsula (also known as the Tiburon Peninsula). The Plaine du Cul-de-Sac is a natural depression that harbors the country’s saline lakes, such as Trou Caïman and Haiti’s largest lake, Lac Azuéi. The Chaîne de la Selle mountain range – an extension of the southern mountain chain of the Dominican Republic (the Sierra de Baoruco) – extends from the Massif de la Selle in the east to the Massif de la Hotte in the west. This mountain range harbors Pic la Selle, the highest point in Haiti at 2,680 metres (8,793 ft).

Lake Miragoâne on Haiti’s Tiburon Peninsula

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August 4th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Haiti - July 22nd, 2010

Haiti - July 22nd, 2010

This orthorectified image focuses on part of the Tiburon Peninsula, which encompasses all of Haiti’s southern coast and forms a large headland that extends westward towards Cuba. Mountains and hills can be observed on the peninsula, particularly on the right side of the image.

Visible near the image center is Lake Miragoâne, located one kilometer southeast of the city of Miragoâne. It is one of the largest natural freshwater lakes in the Caribbean. The lake is 12 km (7.5 mi) long and 25 km² (9.7 mi²) in area.

Caribbean Islands Around Haiti

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March 17th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Haiti - February 23rd, 2010

Haiti - February 23rd, 2010

The focus of this image is the island of Hispaniola, which includes the countries of Haiti (western half) and the Dominican Republic (eastern half).

Several other Caribbean islands are also visible here, including the Turks and Caicos Islands (north of Haiti) and Great Inagua of the Bahamas (southwest of the Turks and Caicos). Upon opening the full image, Cuba can be seen to the left and the northern part Jamaica is visible along the bottom edge to the left.

Several visible islands belong to Haiti. Gonâve Island is situated in the Gulf of Gonâve by the west Haitian coast, between the Tiburón Peninsula (below) and the Nord-Ouest Department (above). Situated off the coast just north of the aforementioned department is Tortuga Island.

Vegetation Index of Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Other Caribbean Islands

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March 3rd, 2010 Category: Vegetation Index

Haiti - February 23rd, 2010

Haiti - February 23rd, 2010

This FAPAR image focuses on the countries of Haiti (west) and the Dominican Republic (east), sharing the island of Hispaniola. Visible to the north are Great Inagua, the third largest island in the Bahamas (closer to the left edge), and the Turks and Caicos Islands (further northeast of the former). Upon opening the full image, Cuba (center left) and Jamaica (bottom left) are visible as well.

Haiti and the Dominican Republic show a good vegetation index (green) along the northern coastal areas and the upper shore of the Tiburón Peninsula (lower left). Cuba also shows a good index along its mountainous southeastern coast. Jamaica is the only island that shows extensive areas of high photosynthetic activity (dark red), mostly towards its northern shores.