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Northern Luzon and Babuyan Islands, Philippines

17.2N 120.8E

June 16th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Philippines - May 23rd, 2011

This image shows the northern part of the island of Luzon, in the Philippines. The northern area contains the large mountain range, the Cordillera Central which is covered in a mixture of Luzon tropical pine forests and Luzon montane rain forests.

Visible across the Babuyan Channel, to the north of the island, are the Babuyan Islands. They form an archipelago consisting of five major islands located in the Luzon Strait north of Luzon island in the Philippines. Geologically the islands are part of the Luzon Volcanic Arc.

Visible at the lower left is the Lingayen Gulf, an extension of the South China Sea by Luzon that sits between the Zambales Mountains and the Cordillera Central. The Agno River drains into the gulf.

Cordillera Central and Lingayen Gulf of Luzon, Philippines

16.5N 121.2E

May 27th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Philippines - May 18th, 2011

This image shows central to northern Luzon, the largest island in the Philippines. The northern part of the island contains the large mountain range, the Cordillera Central.

To the east of the Cordillera Central is the large Cagayan Valley. To the east of the valley rises the Sierra Madre mountain range, easily the longest range in the country.

The Lingayen Gulf can be observed on the west side of the island in the lower left quadrant. It is an extension of the South China Sea, stretching 56 km. It sits between the Zambales Mountains and the Cordillera Central.

Mountains and Valleys of Luzon, Philippines

March 26th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Philippines - March 22nd, 2009

Philippines - March 22nd, 2009

Luzon is the largest and most economically and politically important island in the Philippines and one of the three island groups in the country. As an island group, it includes the island of Luzon itself, plus the Batanes and Babuyan groups of islands to the north, and the main and outlying islands of Catanduanes, Marinduque, Masbate, Romblon, and Mindoro in the south.

Luzon’s area is 104,688 square kilometers, making it the world’s 15th largest island. It is the fifth most populous island in the world. Located on Luzon are the country’s capital, Manila, and its most populous city, Quezon City.

To the west of Luzon island is the South China Sea (Luzon Sea in Philippine territorial waters), to the east is the Philippine Sea, and to the north is Luzon Strait containing Babuyan Channel and Balintang Channel.

The main part of the island is roughly rectangular in shape and has the long Bicol Peninsula protruding to the southeast. The northern part of the island contains the largest mountain range in the country, the Cordillera Central, where Mount Pulag, the second highest mountain in the country at 2,922 meters, is located.

To the east of the Cordillera Central is the large Cagayan Valley. To the east of the valley rises the Sierra Madre mountain range, easily the longest range in the country, which snakes southwards into the central and southern part of the island. Between it and the Zambales Mountains to the west is the largest plain, the Central Luzon plain. This plain, approximately 11,000 kmĀ² in size, is the country’s largest producer of rice.

The largest lake in the country, and also the largest inland lake in Southeast Asia, the Laguna de Bay (Old Spanish, Lake of Bay town). Its size and green waters make it easily identifiable towards the southern part of the island.

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