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The two-man crew of the second flight of the space shuttle observed a unique sea breeze as the Columbia passed over the coast of Baja California, Mexico. A local wind system was blowing south toward Isla de Magdalena, spreading a stratus cloud layer over the coast..... more
Located about 40 miles (65 km) southeast of Mexico City (Mexico), Popocatepetl roared back to life on December 18, 2000, spewing red hot rocks, ash, and smoke high into the air over the Valley of Mexico. Concerned that there may be even more massive eruptions to follow, or perhaps mudslides from the summit's melting snow and ice,..... more
The built-up areas of Cabo (cape) San Lucas (Mexico) stand out as bright, angular areas inland from the main bay on the tip of the Baja California peninsula. The town is nearly centered on the bay, which looks out onto the blue waters of the Gulf of California. more
The Rio Grande River can be seen meandering through the area, forming the boundary between the sister cities of El Paso, Texas (United States), and Juárez, Chihuahua (Mexico). The setting sun has cast the east side of the Sierra Juárez and Franklin Mountains into shadow. more
The island of Cozumel off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is the largest of the islands in the Mesoamerican Reef system. The Mesoamerican Reef is the largest in the Atlantic Ocean, and it stretches about 450 miles southward from the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula to the coast of Honduras. more
This image, taken by an astronaut in early 2003, shows the land-sea interactions along a section of Mexico’s west coast just south of Mazatlan and the Isla Marias archipelago. The islands are a manifestation of intersecting plate boundaries... more
This image demonstrates a turbulent atmospheric flow pattern known as the von Karman vortex street. This phenomenon is named after aerodynamicist Theodore von Karman, who theoretically derived the conditions under which it occurs.... more