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High Vegetation Index in Mexico by Slopes of Sierra Madre Occidental

23.2N 102.2W

October 10th, 2010 Category: Vegetation Index

USA and Mexico - August 23rd, 2010

This FAPAR image focuses on central Mexico, although parts of Texas, USA, are also visible to the North in the full image. The vegetation index is lowest in the central region of Mexico, which appears white to yellow.

The index becomes progressively higher as one moves towards the coast, first appearing green (good photosynthetic activity), then rusty red (high activity). The highest areas of activity are found by the slopes of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range, facing the Pacific Ocean.

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