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Vegetation Index of Pacific Coast of Mexico and Islas Marías

21.6N 106.5W

February 11th, 2012 Category: Vegetation Index

Mexico - January 4th, 2012

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of the Pacific Coast of Mexico, in the states of Sinaloa, Nayarit and Jalisco (following the coastline from the upper left to the bottom right). The index is highest along the coastal plain, where green false-coloring indicates good levels of photosynthetic activity.

The index becomes progressively lower (yellow) as one moves further inland. A few patches of high activity (rusty red) can be observed in a marshy area near the coast, parallel to the Islas Marías (“Mary Islands”), an archipelago of four islands that belong to Mexico. They are located in the Pacific Ocean, some 100 km off the coast of the state of Nayarit and were designated a Biosphere reserve by the UNESCO. Here, they show good photosynthetic activity.

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