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Vegetation Index of Nayarit and Central Mexico

22.7N 102.1W

February 9th, 2010 Category: Vegetation Index

Mexico - January 25th, 2010

Mexico - January 25th, 2010

This FAPAR portrays central Mexico, between the Pacific Ocean (west) and the Gulf of Mexico (east). While much of the inland area is desert and thus appears white to yellow, indicating very low photosynthetic activity, some more productive areas can be observed in green and dark red along the shoreline.

The most productive of these appears dark green to red, indicating high photosynthetic activity, in the lower left quadrant. This zone is in the state of Nayarit, on the central west coast, bordering the Pacific Ocean. Its terrain is broken up by the western ends of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains. Nayarit has hundreds of miles of rain forest in the sierra. Unfortunately most of the rain forest has been exploited, especially around the region of Santa Maria Del Oro.

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