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Ash from Puyehue-Cordon Caulle – August 16th, 2011

40.6S 72.5W

August 16th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains, Volcanoes

Chile and Argentina - August 15th, 2011

Volcanic ash from the Puyehue Volcano in Chile can be seen spreading over the Andes Mountains and across Argentine Patagonia. The ash partially obscures the Piedra del Águila Reservoir, although the El Chocón Reservoir can be observed at the upper right.

The Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcanic eruption has be going on since June 4, 2011. Scientists have determined that the eruption is actually from the Cordón Caulle fissure of the volcanic complex, although most media continue to refer to the event as the Puyehue eruption.

Gulf of Batabanó, Southwestern Cuba

22.5N 82.4W

May 23rd, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Cuba - May 7th, 2010

Cuba - May 7th, 2010

The Gulf of Batabanó is an inlet of the Caribbean Sea, indenting southwestern Cuba. The gulf stretches from the shore of eastern Pinar del Río province approximately 80 miles (130 km) to the southwestern coast of Matanzas province and the Zapata Peninsula.

At its northern edge lies La Habana province; 50 miles (80 km) to the south is the Isla de la Juventud (“Isle of Youth”; until 1978, Isla de Pinos [“Isle of Pines”]). The shallow gulf, economically important for sponge fishing, is dotted with many smaller islands and keys.

Gulf of Batabanó, Cuba

January 1st, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Cuba - December 16th, 2008

Cuba - December 16th, 2008

The Gulf of Batabanó (Spanish: Golfo de Batabanó) is an inlet or strait off southwestern Cuba in the Caribbean Sea.

It separates mainland Cuba from the Isle of Youth (Isla de la Juventud) and contains about 350 smaller islands of the Canarreos Archipelago (el Archipiélago de los Canarreos).

The gulf’s northern border is about 80 miles (130km) long, stretching from the southwestern tip of Cuba to the Zapata Peninsula (Península de Zapata). It reaches south about 50 miles (80 km) to the Isle of Youth.

The gulf is shallow–less than 200 feet (61 m) deep. This is part of the reason why the gulf appears light blue, whereas the surrounding sea is quite dark.

Other parts of the gulf, particularly near the islands, appear light blue-green, due to phytoplankton.

Light brown sediments are also visible along the coastline of the mainland and around the islands.

The northeastern section of the gulf, called Ensenada de la Broa, is dark green in color, due to an algal bloom.

This intense coloration of the water  throughout the gulf helps show the movement of the currents.

source Wikipedia