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Terrain of the British and U.S. Virgin Islands

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January 20th, 2012 Category: Mountains

Puerto Rico - January 3rd, 2012

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows the Virgin Islands, the eastern island group of the Leeward Islands. The Leeward Islands are the northern part of the Lesser Antilles, which form the border between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Politically, the eastern islands form the British Virgin Islands and the western ones form the United States Virgin Islands.

Here, Puerto Rico is partially visible at the left edge. The island southeast of Puerto Rico is Vieques, an island-municipality of Puerto Rico. The island near the bottom edge is Saint Croix, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The remaining islands above are divided among the British and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Most of the islands are volcanic in origin and have a hilly, rugged terrain. Anegada, one of the British Virgin Islands, is geologically distinct from the rest of the group and is a flat island composed of limestone and coral. Saint Croix, the largest of the US Virgin Islands, also has a flatter terrain.

Puerto Rico

January 7th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Puerto Rico - December 12th, 2008

Puerto Rico - December 12th, 2008

Puerto Rico is a self-governing unincorporated territory of the United States located in the northeastern Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of the Virgin Islands.

It is composed of an archipelago that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller islands and keys, the largest of which are Vieques, Culebra, and Mona (AmonĂ¡).

Puerto Rico has an area of 5,325 square miles (13,790 km2). The maximum length from east to west is 110 miles (180 km), and the maximum width from north to south is 40 miles (64 km).

The main island is mostly mountainous with large coastal areas in the north and south. The main mountain range is called “La Cordillera Central” (The Central Range), visible in the center of the island. An algal bloom can be seen off the northeastern coast.

Puerto Rico has 17 lakes, all man-made, and more than 50 rivers, most originating in the Cordillera Central. Rivers in the northern region of the island are typically longer and of higher water flow rates than those of the south, since the south receives less rain than the central and northern regions.

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